Ferrous and non-ferrous metals each have their own unique set of benefits and applications. With metals playing such a vital role in almost every manufacturing industry, it’s essential to have a range of products for specific purposes. To assist you in understanding what these types of metals do and what they’re best at, we’ve created this comparison guide.
The most defining difference between these two metals is the presence of iron. Ferrous metals are based around iron because of the strength and weight it brings. These two qualities are perfect for structural components in buildings and the construction trade. Not only this, but they’re magnetic, which is ideal for appliances such as fridges.
These kinds of metals are lightweight, strong and conductive, so they are generally preferred for electrical products and the aerospace industry. They’re a perfect solution to situations where you need strength but can’t have too much weight, such as planes. They’re used in pipes, cables and other products which value conductivity, versatility and resilience.
One of the biggest obstacles humanity faced when it came to flight, was weight. If you analyse the anatomy of a bird, you see that it’s extremely lightweight and flexible. However, this quality is extremely difficult to emulate when creating flight transportation which needs room for thrust components and safety measures. Fortunately, the creation of non-ferrous metals, such as alloy, provided the industry with a material that’s not only lightweight and malleable, but strong and safe too. The introduction of metals like this revolutionised the aerospace manufacturing process, resulting in the planes we see today.
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