Refractory metals

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Authentic Refractory Metals

Refractory alloys are mainstays in nearly every aspect of manufacturing, whether that’s industrial or aerospace. These in-demand metals boast superior heat and abrasion resistance, with melting points that reach above 2000°C / 3632°F. KBM allows businesses to order from premium manufacturers by assembling authentic refractory metals all in one marketplace. 

  • $240 per kg
    TEKMAT W-45

    TEKMAT W-45

    Spherical Tungsten Powder For Matchless Addi...

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We understand the value of authentic materials in the manufacturing process. A single impurity can cause significant additive manufacturing errors and other delays. When you order refractory alloys from KBM, you receive certificates from the producer. It’s exactly what you would get if you had ordered directly from the producer.

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We’re making industry-grade refractory metals accessible for everyone, from small start-ups to established manufacturers. Our lower minimum order limits are designed to help you order exactly what you need, just when you need it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are refractory metals?

They’re a group of five metals, including tungsten, molybdenum, tantalum, niobium, and rhenium, that display exceptional resistance to wear and high temperature with a melting point exceeding 2000 °C. These metals are also dense, chemically inert, and hard at room temperature, making them an excellent choice for components that frequently come into contact with heat and chemicals.

What are refractory alloys?

These are metals which can be combined with each other and other metals to form alloys with improved mechanical properties such as resistance to heat, wear, and corrosion. For example, molybdenum can be combined with titanium and zirconium for an alloy that has a higher creep resistance and strength at high temperatures. This makes it suitable for an even wider range of applications.

How are refractory metals used?

Due to their high melting points, these super metals are difficult to work with and are typically never used in traditional casting techniques. Instead, powder metallurgy is used for processing them and fabricating components out of them.

What are the applications of refractory materials?

Refractory materials are used extensively in industries that require resistance to high temperatures. The metals and their alloys are used for rocket nozzles and thermal protection in aerospace. In electronics, they’re used for semiconductors, vacuum tubes, and electrical contacts. They’re also used to line reactor vessels and as catalysts in the nuclear industry. Other uses include wiring, lighting, and lubricants.