Master alloys help copper shine Red metals have played an important role in many cultures, including those of the ancient Egyptians and Romans, who crafted tools, cookware, dishes, mirrors and razors out of copper. Modern uses for copper include electrical, heating/cooling applications, fluid handling and plumbing applications, as well as an increasing demand for the…
Zirconium, given its high melting point, is a perfect candidate to be alloyed utilizing a much more workable Copper Zirconium Master Alloy.
Choose a lower percentage Zirconium Copper Master Alloy (10% or 13% alloying at approximately 1850 degrees F) in whole waffle or slab form when looking to alloy Zirconium as a larger portion of the charge batch for a uniform predictable Zirconium target. This may be preferred in producing precipitation hardening alloys for improved high temperature properties.
Or choose a higher percentage alloy master alloy (33% or 50% broken pieces; 50% alloying at approximately 1650 degrees F) for end of melt grain refining additions to improve mechanical properties in general as well as improving hot tearing resistance, reduced porosity, increased fluidity, and improved finish.
Create materials that meet specific needs by adding master alloys to the mix It’s important to choose the right materials for a job. Using inferior or unsuitable materials can make completing a project more difficult or even derail it entirely. In the metals industry, combinations of metals, called alloys, are generated to meet the specific…