The Strongest Metal
Human technology progresses more and more every day and metal is one of the main things that are responsible for the modern world. Metals are actually everywhere around us, they are 2/3 of all known elements.
Modern industrial processes require materials capable of withstanding immense pressures while retaining their shape and integrity, so strength is an important quality in the use of metals. They are used in construction, transportation, heavy industry and tool making.
And now we want to know, which is the strongest metal, and just how strong is it?
We know that metal alloys are often stronger than a metal in their pure form.
There are a number of different measures of strength of a metal such as – yield strength (measures the lowest stress that will result in permanent deformation), compressive strength (amount of squeezing stress that will cause defects), tensile strength (measures the amount of pulling stress that will cause defects) and impact strength (measures the amount of impact energy that will cause a fracture).
So the importance of the different types of strength depends on the intended use of the metal. Four metals stand out as being the strongest and they are – Steel, Titanium, Tungsten and Inconel.
Tungsten is the strongest natural metal, while the strongest alloy is steel (mixed with a few other elements).
The hardest metal is chromium, but the most useful strong metal is titanium (perfect mix of practicality and strength).
Inconel is a superalloy – from austenite, nickel, and chromium.
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