At Ferralloy Inc., we have a lot of products made of quality nickel and cobalt alloys. The premium-grade investment casting technique, which has several benefits like high accuracy, precision, and inexpensive initial tooling costs, is where these products are used the most. Due to their characteristics, nickel and cobalt have been utilized for a very long time in various industries and applications. Here’s a comparison between the two alloys.
How Do Cobalt Alloys Differ From Nickel Alloys
Erythrite, cobaltite, and smaltite minerals include the non-ferrous metal cobalt (Co), which is lustrous and silvery-blue in color. Any type of metal alloy with cobalt as its primary material is known as a cobalt alloy. Cobalt alloys have excellent strength and toughness, high-temperature strength and resistance, and good corrosion resistance.
Nickel is a versatile element, that’s why it can easily be transformed into an alloy when mixed with other metals. Copper and nickel are entirely soluble in one another in solid form. Due to the vast solubility differences between iron, chromium, and nickel, numerous alloy combinations are available. Due to its great adaptability and exceptional heat and corrosion resistance, it is used in many applications, including steam turbines in power plants, aircraft gas turbines, and the energy and nuclear power markets.
Uses for Nickel-Cobalt Alloys
Super alloys made from nickel and cobalt are the only choice for highly demanding and hostile settings, such as engines. Not all materials can endure temperatures of 1000 °C or more. On the other hand, nickel-cobalt alloys can and do so while functioning properly. Nickel-cobalt alloys are thus used in a variety of industries and applications, including:
- Marine sector
- Petroleum refinery
- Chemical processing
- Gas turbines
- Jet engines
This is not an exhaustive list because nickel-cobalt alloys are adaptable and may be utilized in many settings, making them useful almost everywhere.
Where to Get Nickel and Cobalt Alloy Products for Your Project
These two metals can easily mix with other metals. This characteristic indicates that many materials are available for manufacture, allowing you to get the precise castings you need for your project. For more information, contact us!