Types of Alloys: Their Properties and Uses

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What Is An Alloy?

An alloy is a mixture of one or more metals or non-metals (there must be at least one metal) after mixing, melting, and cooling.

Alloys are diverse chemical substances composed of at least two or more metals or non-metals.

According to their performance characteristics, alloys can be divided into superalloys, corrosion-resistant alloys, magnetic alloys, cemented carbides, memory alloys, etc.

As an important basic material, alloys are widely used in various fields of industrial manufacturing, including aerospace, energy industry, 5G construction, auto industry, custom metal manufacturing, etc.

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Types of Alloys and Their Common Uses

Common Alloys

Nodular cast iron, manganese steel, stainless steel, brass, bronze, copper, solder, duralumin, 18K gold, and 18K platinum.

Name Main Components Main Performance Main Application 
Duralumin Aluminum copper magnesium manganese light and hard To make airplanes, cars, as building materials
Stainless steel Ferrochrome nickel Good corrosion resistance Make medical instruments, cooking utensils, containers, etc
Brass Copper and zinc Hard and corrosion resistant Make machines, electrical appliances, etc
18K gold Gold, silver, nickel, zinc Good luster, wear resistance, and hardness than pure gold Ornaments, coins, electronic components


Superalloys, also known as heat-resistant alloys or heat-strength alloys, can work in a high-temperature oxidizing atmosphere of 600~1000 ° C and gas corrosion conditions and have good thermal strength, thermal stability, and thermal fatigue properties.

Superalloys are divided into nickel-based superalloys, iron-based superalloys, and cobalt-based superalloys according to the matrix elements, which are widely used in various fields, especially aviation, aerospace, power generation equipment, and shipbuilding industries.

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According to basic elements, forming processes, and strengthening methods, Superalloys can be roughly divided into the following categories:

  • Divided according to the basic elements contained in the alloy: Divided into iron-based superalloys (14.3%), cobalt-based superalloys (5.7%), and nickel-based superalloys (80%);
  • Divided according to the alloy manufacturing process: Divided into deformed superalloy (accounting for 70%), cast superalloy (accounting for 20%), and new superalloy (powder superalloy).

Cemented Carbide

Cemented carbide is mainly composed of the powder of one or more refractory carbides (tungsten carbide, titanium carbide, etc.), and metal powder (cobalt, nickel, etc.) is added as a binder and is obtained by powder metallurgy alloy.

Cemented carbide is mainly used to manufacture high-speed cutting tools and cutting tools for hard and tough materials, as well as cold-working dies, measuring tools, and highly wear-resistant parts that are not impacted and vibrated.


Corrosion-Resisting Alloys

Metal anti-corrosion materials, compared with non-metallic anti-corrosion materials, metal anti-corrosion materials mainly include iron-based alloys (corrosion-resistant stainless steel); nickel-based alloys (Ni-Cr alloy, Ni-Cr-Mo alloy, Ni-Cu alloy, etc. ); active metals.

Memory Alloys

Shape memory alloys refer to a class of metallic materials that return to their original shape at a specific temperature. In general, the material is elastically plastic at relatively low temperatures and returns to its pre-molding shape at a higher temperature.

At present, although this shape memory effect is found in many types of alloys, the memory alloys can generate enough restoring force to fully achieve the original shape, so far only Ti-Ni alloys and copper-based memory alloys. (For example, Cu-Zn-Al sum Cu-Al-Ni).


Mixture Alloy

When the liquid alloy is solidified, the components of the alloy are crystallized separately, such as solder, bismuth cadmium alloy, etc.

Solid Melt Alloy

When the liquid alloy solidifies to form a solid solution of the alloy, such as gold and silver alloy.

Metallide Alloys

Metallide alloys are alloys in which the components form compounds with each other, such as brass (β -brass, γ -brass, and ε -brass) composed of copper and zinc, etc.

Alloys Properties

  • The melting point of most alloys is lower than that of any of their constituent metals;
  • The hardness of the alloy is greater than that of any of its components;
  • The electrical and thermal conductivity of the alloy is lower than that of any component metal. High resistance and thermal resistance materials can be made by using this property of alloys. Materials with special properties can also be made, such as adding 15% chromium and 9% nickel to iron to get corrosion-resistant stainless steel, suitable for the chemical industry.
  • Some have strong corrosion resistance (such as stainless steel).
  • The alloy strengthening method is divided into solid solution strengthening type, precipitation strengthening type, oxide dispersion strengthening type, and grain boundary strengthening type.

Copper Tungsten, Silver Tungsten Alloy Properties Chart

Brand and No Chemical composition % Physical and mechanical properties
Cu T oral Impurities W  W  Density (g/cm3) Hardness HB Resistivity Conductivity IACS>  Bending Strength M pa^
CuW(50) 50±2.0 0.5 Balance 11.85 115 3.2 54
CuW(55) 45^2.0 0.5 Balance 12.3 125 3.5 49
Cu\V(60) 40±2.0 0.5 Balance 12.75 140 3.7 47
Cu\V(65) 353。 0.5 Balance 133 155 3.9 44
CuW(70) 30±2.0 0.5 Balance 13.8 175 4.1 42 790
CuW(75) 25±2.0 0.5 Balance 14.5 195 4.5 38 885
CuW(80) 20±2.0 0.5 Balance 15.15 220 5 34 980
Cu\V(85) 15±2.0 0.5 Balance 15.9 240 5.7 30 1080
CuW(90) 10±2.0 0.5 Balance 16.75 260 6.5 27 1160

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