Alloy Composition

 

There are what may seem to be an overwhelming number of metal alloys. These alloys originate from the ability to make modifications to the properties of an alloy by altering its composition.  For many alloys, even small changes in the composition of one particular element can alter the properties substantially. Furthermore, the costs for the alloys are different.  So, when selecting a metal it is important to select an alloy composition that optimizes  costs, ease of manufacturing, and product performance and reliability. The large selection of different alloys is advantageous for increasing the likelihood of finding the optimum metal.

What you will learn about alloy composition

  • Alloying elements and impurities
  • How the composition of a metal is expressed
  • Three examples of the effects of composition changes on the properties of an alloy
  • Why there are a large number of different alloys
  • Reasons for different alloys
  • Effect of carbon content on steel hardness
  • Effect of magnesium content on aluminum strength
  • Effects of zinc content on brass strength, electrical conductivity, and cost

Prerequisite lessons

None

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