Stainless Steel Many Applications
Here are some general facts about metals:
- Four of the most common metals used in the construction industry are: carbon steel, aluminum, copper, and stainless steel.
- Alloy steels can be divided into four classes: structural steels, tool and die steels, magnetic alloys, and stainless and heat-resisting steels.
- Nickel and nickel-containing materials are prevalent in our everyday lives. In fact, nickel use is growing at a rate of 4% each year while the use of nickel-containing stainless steel is growing at about 6%.
- Aluminum bronze alloys are typically made up of 9% to 12% aluminum and up to 6% iron and nickel.
So, what is metal? Metal is a naturally occurring element in our solar system, in particular the planet Earth, whereby a very hard and hardly pliable substance is created that allows us to build trains, planes, automobiles, roofs, buildings, and much much more. Metal has a presence in our every day lives. We pass by metal every day.
Metalworking is a activity that began centuries ago, when people found iron and started to use it to form structures and buildings. Weapons as well were formed at some point out of metal, with swords, bows and arrows, armor and more were being shaped by blacksmiths in the forges of the cities where the armies resided.
A blacksmith was a kind of metal worker who existed during the early centuries of the millennia or even beforehand. The blacksmith was generally someone who was very strong, whether that was a man or a woman, who could pound away at steel and iron in order to shape it into certain objects.
While the blacksmith generally (or is seen on television) to work with armor and weapons, it is possible they fashioned metal into different objects, including jewelry. If certain historical accounts are correct, jewelry forged with metal objects, such as a chain or a bracelet were very popular in the ancient times.
When working with metal, the blacksmith (or metallurgist in today’s time) starts a fire in a forge using certain substances that burn hot and burn long. The blacksmith worked the weapon or metal object up onto the forge and let it burn until it became red or yellowish in color. The blacksmith then pounded it using a hammer to shape the metal into an object.
If the blacksmith needed an additional amount of heat, he or she would use a bellows to get the fire to burn hotter. The bellows is a kind of air pocket with two handles attached to it. The handles, when drawn outward, filled the air pocket with air. The handles, when pressed into each other, pushed the air out in a burst.
There are many kinds of metals being used today. There are:
- Nickel 400
- Nickel 405
- Nickel 500
- Nickel Alloy Steel
- Nickel Aluminum Bronze
- QQ N 281
- QQ N 286
- QQ N 286g
- Rolled Alloys
And more. The kinds of metals used today are those that form some of the equipment and items we use on a daily basis. Those items can include equipment, like the type used in factories or on construction sites. Those items can include buildings, which are often built out of metal, especially newer ones.
Those types of items can include vehicles, like cars, trains, and planes. Those types of items can include computer equipment, which also contains metal. Metal is simply everywhere and that is due to its unbelievable durability, its ability to take damage, like the force of storms, and its ability to withstand heat.
One of the most well-known metal is steel or even stainless steel. Stainless steel is also known as “inox” and is a steel alloy with a minimum of 10.5% chromium by mass. Stainless steel is known for its corrosion resistance, which means it does not corrode, rust, or stain when hit with water like regular steel does.
There are many stainless steel uses due to its corrosion resistance and durability. Stainless steel uses include architecture, airports, automobiles, trains, aircraft, surgical tools, culinary uses, and more. There are some specific stainless steel uses, which include:
- Cookware and bakeware
- Surgical implants, like hip replacements
- Jewelry and watches
- Firearms like the Smith and Wesson Model 60
And more. Stainless steel uses are many in number and include applications to a wide variety of industries for a wide variety of purposes. It is valued in many sectors of the economy.