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Most tungsten products are alloyed with some sort of metal, including steel, carbide, nickel, copper and iron. The most popular tungsten alloy is tungsten carbide, which is a very strong metal used in mining, construction and industrial machinery. It accounts for 65% of the total tungsten consumption worldwide. Read More…

Tungsten Alloys Tungsten is an extremely strong, resistant, dense, hard and heat resistant metal that is often alloyed with other metals and materials to further improve strength, melting point and hardness properties.
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Pompton Plains, NJ  |  800-838-1978

Our company offers a diverse selection of tungsten items. We have highly trained and competent engineers who can successfully create you a metal solution regardless of how big or small. The expertise of our staff is unmatched.

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Metal Associates $$$

Long Island City, NY  |  800-767-9494

Metalmen provides worldwide distribution of all stainless steel. With our wide range of products, we offer expert market advice and complete metalworking as a custom response supplier serving industry.

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Portola Valley, CA  |  650-851-1859

We carry a supply of metal materials which includes tungsten. Thermo Shield offers 99.95 percent pure tungsten supplies such as tungsten bar, tungsten foil & tungsten plate. Tungsten rod & wire will be available to you soon. We offer same day shipping and no minimum for our large stock of metal fasteners.

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Thermo Shield $$$

Lake Forest, CA  |  949-407-8904

At Stanford Materials, we strive to provide a versatile selection of tungsten products to meet the needs of a wide customer base. Since 1994, we have supplied our products to customers around the globe. We supply various tungsten materials, such as pure tungsten, tungsten radiation shielding, tungsten alloys, tungsten sheets, plates, and more. We offer all of our tungsten products at a high quality and at very competitive prices.

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Stanford Materials Corporation $$$

Pottstown, PA  |  800-435-4644

Titan International, Inc. is a dedicated supplier of quality products to the metal finishing industry. Through our partnering with a wide base of suppliers, Titan International is able to provide a broad metal product line. In addition to supplying high purity metals and metal powders, we will buy and/or sell your bulk scrap metal, including tungsten, tungsten carbide, nickel, and other metals.

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Other alloy grades are used for weapons including bullets, body armor, cannon shells, grenades and missiles. Tungsten alloys are also used in musical instrument strings, heat sinks, armaments, turbine blades, weights, ballasts, watch/clock components, among many other products.

The defense, aerospace, marine, mining, construction and consumer product industries all employ tungsten alloys to fabricate or coat products. Tungsten alloy coatings extend the life of products like tools by many years and protect items like jewelry from scratching. Some rarer applications include organic dyes, pigment phosphors, cathode-ray tubes and x-ray screens, which are all made from tungsten-based chemicals. Tungsten alloys are very dense and are useful when fabricating kinetic energy penetrators, counterweights and flywheels.

Tungsten in raw form is a fine, grey powder. It is often combined with another metal, and then sintered to form different forms, which include bar, rod, sheet and wire. The sintering process involves packing the powder into molds and heating them in an industrial oven. The powder becomes adherent and denser, allowing a solid metal shape to form when the metal has cured and come back to room temperature. The three most popular tungsten alloys for consumer goods are tungsten-thorium, which increases the efficiency of electron discharge tubes and improves creep strength to wire in high temperatures, tungsten-molybdenum and tungsten-rhenium.

Some tungsten alloys contain mostly tungsten, generally about 90 to 98%. These are called tungsten heavy-metal alloys, and are considered nearly pure tungsten. These grades are used for warheads, computer disk drives, isotope containers, gyroscope components, as well as weight distribution adjustment for boats and racecars.

Heavy-metal tungsten alloys usually contain small amounts of cobalt, nickel, iron and copper. Tungsten by itself has many good qualities, but its high density, poor ductility in cold temperatures and tendency to strongly react with air are some of its less desirable qualities. Alloying tungsten with different metals improves some of these shortcomings and broadens tungsten's applications in different environments.