Category: Metals

The Uses and Uniqueness of Kovar

Kovar

Kovar has been in use for many decades. Despite its relatively long history, many people outside of engineering fields may never have heard of this valuable alloy. This is an… Read more »

A Brief Overview Zirconium

Zirconium is an element that is commonly used as an opacifier and refractory, though it is used in other applications as well. It was first discovered in the late 18th… Read more »

There Are Many Uses for Zirconium

Zircronium Periodic Element

Just reading the word zirconium probably brings to mind “cubic zirconia,” which is the world’s most popular diamond simulant. Zirconium and cubic zirconia are very different things, but the average… Read more »

Interesting Facts About Metal

Metals are typically solid materials known to be hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile. With good electrical and thermal conductivity, metals are useful in so many applications and without them… Read more »

What Are Alloys? How Are They Made?

Alloys are found in all sorts of things, including dental fillings, jewelry, door locks, musical instruments, coins, guns, and nuclear reactors. So what are alloys and what are they made… Read more »

How are Metals Found in Nature?

Metals exist in the Earth’s crust. Depending on where you are on the planet, if you were to dig looking for aluminum, silver or copper, you’d probably find them. Typically,… Read more »