Alloys 101

Alloys 101

An alloy is a combination of a base metal with additional materials, either metal or nonmetal. Alloys are typically created by melting the materials, mixing them together, and allowing them to cool and solidify. Metal alloys are a popular choice due to their enhanced chemical and mechanical properties. Depending on the intended application, different alloying materials can be added to improve strength, machinability, hardness, corrosion resistance, and more.

Selecting the Most Suitable Alloy for Your Specific Application

When manufacturing a product, selecting the appropriate alloy is imperative. There are a wide array of factors to consider when choosing the appropriate material, including:

  • Desired physical properties
  • Desired mechanical properties
  • Cost
  • Service
  • Fabrication
  • Desired surface properties

With so many options to choose from, it is possible to find an alloy with properties that perfectly suit the needs of your project. Working with a metal alloy professional eases the decision-making process, narrowing down the options and ensuring that you select the optimal metal alloy.

High-Quality Metal Alloys from Continental Steel & Tube Company

For over 30 years, Continental Steel & Tube Company has been one of the world’s leading metal suppliers. As an ISO 9001:2015 and AS9120B:2016 registered company, we are dedicated to providing our customers with dependable service and high-quality specialty metals. Our experts can work closely with you to help you identify the alloy that best suits your project’s needs. To learn more about our capabilities, contact us or request a quote today.

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