Steel is probably the most important element in most industry fields, and it comes in various forms, combined with various other metals and elements. The steel itself has some great properties useful for different industries, but mixing it with other metals results in improved properties and higher quality and performance. Back in 19th century, tungsten was introduced and tested for various industrial purposes, and it has become the most exploited metal in the industry of steel production. Many other metals are used even nowadays to improve characteristics of steel, but tungsten is the most common due to its impressive qualities and properties.
Why tungsten for improving steel?
Tungsten commonly called Wolfram and marked with the atomic number 74 is transition metal often combined into alloys with other metals. Tungsten has some impressive properties that make it essential in various industries and for improving the properties of other metals. Tungsten has the highest melting temperature among all other metals, and it melts at 6192 degrees F. This makes it the perfect material for manufacturing various tools and systems that produce high levels of temperature when in progress. Also, tungsten has one of the highest tensile strength, as well as high corrosion resistance and quite impressive hardness. The density of tungsten than uranium and lead. All of these characteristics make it the perfect material for improving steel quality.
Steel is better with tungsten
Tungsten steel is the metal alloy created by combining steel with various percentage of tungsten. The average percentage goes up to 18%, but other metals may be added too. Tungsten contributes a big time to the strength of steel, its resistance over a wide temperature range improves the hardness of steel, its cutting capacity, heat resistance, corrosion resistance and many other properties. The final result is manufacturing and production of various tools, systems, and equipment that show impressive performance, wear-resistance, temperature resistance, and duration.
Utilization of tungsten steel
Since tungsten improves the strength, hardness, corrosion and temperature resistance of steel, it is commonly used as the alloy in manufacturing various cutting tools, equipment that generates high levels of temperature due to abrasion and friction and systems that work at high-speed levels. It refers to drill bits, milling bits, different blades, knives, needles and other specific tools. Commonly called high-speed steel is used for manufacturing different industrial tools that work at high levels of speed, produce high temperature and are meant to resist these conditions and still exhibit high performance.
High-speed steel is the basis of many industrial machineries, as well as hand tools, including files, chisels, taps, and blades. Another group of tools made of steel improved by tungsten is so called hot work tools. These tools are applied in high temperatures or create high temperatures themselves and are designed to stand these conditions without losing their quality or duration. Tungsten steel is, also, commonly present in the construction industry, since many elements required for building huge objects require resistance to pressure and tungsten steel provides this property. Tungsten bar is very similar to platinum.