Construction for the chemical processing sector is one of the most common uses of zirconium as a corrosion-resistant material. In most organic and inorganic acids, strong alkalis, salt solutions, and some molten salts, zirconium has high corrosion resistance. The exceptional corrosion resistance qualities can even extend its useful life beyond that of the rest of the plant in some situations.

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Why Should You Use Zirconium Components and Parts?

What Are Its Uses?

Zirconium is a high-tech ceramic substance that is often utilized to make a variety of hard ceramics. Due to its hardness, chemical inertness, and numerous biocompatible properties, this material is the most extensively employed for the fabrication in dentistry, but also serves many different applications in the following industries:

  • Nuclear Power
  • Solar Power
  • Chemical Process
  • Petrochemical
  • Oil and Gas
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Geothermal
  • Sea Water
  • Water Desalination
  • Biomass
  • Mining
  • Utilities

How Strong is Zirconium?

Zirconium is a very strong, malleable, and ductile substance. Many physical and chemical properties of zirconium oxide are similar to those of titanium, demonstrating how robust and wear-resistant zirconium may be.

Zirconium and Corrosion

Zirconium is a reactive metal that reacts readily with oxygen. When zirconium is exposed to an oxidizing liquid, it forms an extremely sticky protective oxide coating on its surface.In the presence of oxygen, this oxide coating has a strong self-healing ability and can shield the zirconium matrix from deeper corrosion. As a result, zirconium is a highly corrosion-resistant metal. Its chemical stability is superior to stainless steel, titanium, and its alloys.

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Need More Information About Zirconium?

For your specific process equipment needs, zirconium fabrication may be a cost-effective option. If you require specialized zirconium processing equipment, contact Ferralloy Inc. We can also easily assess whether you should use a different reactive metal. Simply give us a call to learn more about how we can help your organization!