Specialty Metals

Experts In Materials and Metalworking

Our specialties in metalworking speak to a “who’s who” in materials – Carbon, Alloy, High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA), Armor (high hard), Titanium, Zirconium, Tantalum, Niobium, 300 series stainless, Duplex Stainless and Nickel-based Alloys.

We have honed our skills working with advanced (or exotic) metals, and our specialty metal fabricators has proven experience in helping to design systems for unique applications.

And we’re dedicated to meeting all ASME and TEMA standards. With our depth of our technological knowledge and many years of experience serving customers, it’s no wonder we lead the market in this arena.

Titanium

  • Titanium is the fourth most plentiful metal on earth; Australian rutile ore (TiO2)
  • Titanium is half as dense as steel – 0.163 lbs./cu. in.
  • Similar in strength to 316 SS – 50ksi Min. UTS
  • Excellent corrosion resistance, especially C1’s
  • Suitable Environments:
    • Wet Chlorine
    • Chlorinated Compounds
    • Oxidizing Acid
    • Sea Water
    • Most Organic Chemicals
    • Compatible with body fluids
  • Maximum Process Temperature 600 F° (315° C)
  • Major grades (Ti-2, Ti-7, Ti-12, Ti-16, & Ti-26)

Zirconium

  • Zirconium is the 9th most common metal on earth; Zr/Hf sands are readily available throughout the world
  • Zirconium is 80% of the density of steel: .0235 lbs/cu. in.
  • 55ksi Min. UTS
  • Excellent corrosion resistance to reducing acids
  • Major Zirconium grades:
  • Zr-702
  • Zr-705
  • Suitable Environments:
  • Strong acids-both oxidizing and reducing
  • Strong Caustics
  • Salt Solutions
  • Sea Water
  • Most Organic Environments
  • Maximum Process Temperature 700° F (371° C)

Tantalum

  • Tantalum comes from tin mines as a K2TaF7 ore
  • Tantalum is 2x as dense as steel – 0.6 lbs/cu. in.
  • Ta is a soft ductile metal
  • Ta: 25ksi UTS
  • Ta 2-1/2% W: 40 ksi UTS
  • Tantalum has the best corrosion resistance of any metal
  • Major tantalum grades:
  • Pure Ta
  • Ta w/ 2 1/2% tungsten alloy
  • Ta 10% tungsten alloy
  • Ta 40% tungsten alloy
  • Suitable Environments:
  • Inert to nearly all organic & inorganic compounds
  • Except hydrofluoric & strong alkalis
  • HCL Acid (boiling to 32%)
  • H2SO4 Acid (boiling to 72%)
  • Acetic Acid
  • HNO3 Acid
  • Maximum Process Temperature 500° F (260° C)

Niobium

  • Poor man’s tantalum
  • Niobium is half as dense as Tantalum – 0.31 lbs/cu. in.
  • Strength is similar to Ta 30ksi Min. UTS
  • Similar corrosion resistance as Ta;
  • Excellent in high concentration HNO3
  • Suitable Environments:
  • Similar to Tantalum except that it should not be used in sulfuric acid
  • Used in bromine operations
  • Excellent for 98% fuming HNO3 Acid
  • Maximum Process Temperature: 300° F (149° C)

Nickel-Based Alloys

  • Densities: 0.297 to 0.33 lbs/cu.in.
  • Strength: 100-120 ksi min. UTS
  • Major grades: B-2, B-3, C-22, C-276, C-2000, G-3, and G-30
  • Suitable Environments:
  • “B” Alloys – Reducing Acids
  • “C” Alloys – Oxidizing Acids
  • “G” Alloys – Phosphoric and Acetic Acids
  • Maximum Process Temperature
  • “B” Alloys – 800° F (427° C)
  • “C” Alloys – 1,250° F (676° C)
  • “G” Alloys – 800° F (427° C)

Duplex Stainless

  • Densities: 0.283 lbs/cu. in.
  • Strength: 80-116 ksi min. UTS
  • Major Grades: 2101, 2205 and 2507
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