Understanding Copper Grades

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Copper is one of the oldest, most versatile metals in the world. There are different grades of copper, which are categorized based on their composition. Since 1985, Continental Steel & Tube Company has been one of the world’s top suppliers of high-quality metals, including various copper tubing grades. Here you’ll learn about the different copper […]

Powdered Metals Used for Forging

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Powdered metal is a fine powder made from metal granules. The metal substrate is atomized and refined to create a consistent, highly specialized powder. Manufacturers use this material to compress and sinter thin layers of metal into a final shape. Powdered metal manufacturing is a popular, cost-effective alternative to traditional manufacturing methods, especially for parts […]

A Guide to Duplex Stainless Steel

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Duplex stainless steels come with numerous benefits compared to other stainless steel alloys. For instance, they provide high levels of yield and impact strength, along with excellent corrosion resistance, the ability to hold up in temperatures ranging from -50° C to 250° C, and optimal weldability and machinability. They’re also more cost-effective than other more […]

Continental Steel & Tube Achieves AS9120:2016 Certification

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Continental Steel is happy to announce that we have earned our AS9120:2016 certification, making us an ideal provider of manufacturing services for the aerospace sector. This blog post will inform our customers of some of the insights we’ve gained about the requirements of the AS9120B standard during our certification process. Suppliers to the aerospace sector […]

Applications of Aluminum 5086

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Aluminum 5086 is a structural alloy that offers high electrical conductivity, malleability, good corrosion and heat resistance, and greater strength than aluminum 5052 and 5083. This cost-effective alloy can undergo cold working and strain hardening to enhance its strength, and it can be welded using arc welding and other conventional methods. Aluminum 5086’s many beneficial […]

Nickel 625 a Superalloy for Extreme Environments

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Nickel 625, commonly referred to as Inconel 625, is a superalloy that can be used in extreme applications and environments like those in the aerospace and marine industries. This austenitic alloy has exceptional resistance to oxidation, corrosion, and fatigue, and it has excellent toughness and strength at extreme temperatures. Nickel 625 derives its strength and […]

Common Applications for Stainless Steel and Nickel Alloy Pump Shafts

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A pump shaft transmits motion and torque when rotated. Pump shafts can vary in shape depending on the intended pump application, but most designs are supported by stabilizer bearings and bushings. Pump shafts require an extremely high degree of precision to function properly and must be able to endure significant strain. Pump shaft quality (PSQ) […]

Understanding Nickel Alloys – Monel® and Hastelloy®

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Nickel is one of the leading options for applications that necessitate high strength, corrosion-resistant materials. Its strength and versatility make this material an appealing choice in the engineering, energy, and plumbing industries. It has a melting point of 1453° C, is magnetic, and is highly ductile on its own. However, one of nickel’s biggest advantages […]

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A Guide to Understanding Marine Grade Aluminum 

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The corrosive nature of water and saltwater dictates the use of special materials for shipbuilding, off-shore drilling platforms, and more. Due to its many beneficial properties, marine-grade aluminum is eminently suitable for building seafaring vessels and structures, as well as the machinery and components used within them. What is Marine-Grade Aluminum? Even though pure aluminum […]

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All About Titanium: Properties, Forms, and Applications

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Titanium is a strong and lightweight metal that is highly resistant to corrosion and damage from high temperatures. Due to these key characteristics, it finds use in a variety of structural applications across many industries, including aerospace, medical, and automotive. Additionally, as a transition metal, it easily bonds with other metals to produce useful lightweight alloys. […]