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Alloys are used because they are often harder than pure metal. Making alloys usually involves mixing one harder element with a metal to create a stronger item. More »

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To read a metal gauge thickness chart, determine the type of metal and the metal's gauge. Locate the gauge in the first column. Follow that row to the right to the column that indicates the metal's type. That column also... More »

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Compared to pure metals, alloys can be stronger, more resistant to damage and more versatile. The advantage of alloys differs depending on the specific alloy. Some are better than pure materials, while some are worse. Mo... More »

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A pure metal is a substance that contains atoms of only one type of metallic element, such as aluminum, gold, copper, lead or zinc. Most metals very rarely, if ever, appear in their pure form in nature and instead must b... More »

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Metal alloys, which are a mixture of metal and at least one other substance, are used because they are more suited for a particular task than a pure metal is. Metal alloys are typically either harder, stronger, lighter o... More »

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Niobium is used as an alloying agent in carbon and alloy steels and in non-ferrous metals. It is also used in jet engines and rockets. This element has superconductive properties and is used in superconductive magnets. T... More »

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Stick welding is a welding process that uses electric current and an electrode to form an electric arc that joins different metals. The electric arc melts the electrode and the metal, forming a joint. More »

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