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Brief Introduction of Zirconium Metal

Posted by Cathie Montanez on October 25, 2019 8:45 AM EDT
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Advanced Refractory Metals is a leading supplier of zirconium products. We offer low pricing and great lead times on all our materials, and we're capable of supplying custom materials per any specs/drawings you provide us with.

Zirconium is a very strong, malleable, ductile, lustrous silver-gray metal, similar to hafnium and titanium. It is flammable in powder form, and highly resistant to corrosion and heat. Zirconium is a high corrosion-resistant metal that is used for many products. Some include pumps, valves, nuclear applications, chemical processing, reactor vessels, heat exchangers and more.

Zirconium, like lithium and titanium strongly absorbs gases such as nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen. When the temperature exceeds nine hundred degrees Celsius, zirconium can absorb nitrogen violently; under the condition of two degrees Celsius, one hundred grams of metal zirconium can absorb 871 liters of hydrogen, equivalent to more than 800,000 times of iron. This characteristic of zirconium has been widely used. For example, in the electric vacuum industry, zirconium powder is widely used on the surface of anodes and other heated parts of electric vacuum components and meters, and the residual gas in the vacuum tube is absorbed to make highly vacuum tubes and other electric vacuum gauges, thereby improving their quality and their service life.

Zirconium powder is characterized by a low ignition point and fast burning speed and can be used as a primer for detonating detonators. This advanced detonator can also explode even underwater. Zirconium powder plus oxidant is like fuel on the fire. It burns up with glare and is a good material for making tracers and flares.

The zirconium alloy is a colored alloy formed by adding zirconium as a matrix to other elements. Zirconium alloy has good corrosion resistance, moderate mechanical properties and low atomic thermal neutron absorption cross-section in high temperature and high-pressure water and steam at 300-400 . It has good compatibility with nuclear fuel and is often used as a core material for water-cooled nuclear reactors. In addition, zirconium has excellent corrosion resistance to various acids, bases, and salts, and has a strong affinity with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. Therefore, zirconium alloy is also used in the manufacture of corrosion-resistant parts and pharmaceutical mechanical parts in the electric vacuum and bulb industry. It is widely used as a non-evaporable getter.

Advanced Refractory Metals is a leading supplier of zirconium products, including zirconium plate, zirconium rod, zirconium foil, etc. We offer low pricing and great lead times on all our materials, and we're capable of supplying custom materials per any specs/drawings you provide us with. Please visit https://www.refractorymetal.org for more information.

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