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Material Applications: Heat Resistance

By way of definition, heat resistant applications typically occur above 1200°F/670°C and require the use of materials that...

What Is Tin Bronze?

Tin Bronze alloys consist of copper-based materials with the major alloying element being tin. The presence of tin...

Material Applications: Corrosion Resistance

Corrosion is the loss of metal due to a reaction with the environment, and is measured as the...

What Is Aluminum Bronze?

Aluminum Bronzes are a family of copper-based alloys that use iron and nickel in their chemistry - but...

History of Metal Casting

Today, metal casting is a complex and intricate process which requires exact chemistry and flawless execution. While current...

How To Evaluate Materials – Properties To Consider

There is a difference between the mechanical and physical properties of an alloy. Physical properties are things that...

What is Investment Casting and How Does It Work?

Investment Casting (Lost Wax Casting) Factors such as design requirements, cost, and feasibility to manufacture dictate which casting...

What is Centrifugal Casting and How Does It Work?

Overview of Centrifugal Casting Centrifugal casting is a process that delivers components of high material soundness. As a...

What Is Conductivity in Metals?

Conductivity in metal is a measure of a material’s ability to transmit heat, or electricity (or sound).  The...

What Is Non-Ferrous Metal?

Non-ferrous metals or alloys are materials that are not iron-based like their ferrous counterparts. Ferrous metals contain iron...

Petrochemical Rapid Shutdowns: How to Choose a Rapid Response Metal Casting Supplier

Planned turnarounds are regular occurrences in the life cycle of a petrochemical plant. Every few years, a plant...