At Special Metals, we are able to produce niobium wire to suit a variety of applications across many industries. While pure niobium is a shiny, silver-coloured and soft metal with a high density, it can be alloyed with a variety of other metals to create striking and remarkable alloys, including superalloys, high-performance steels and superconductors.
Niobium wire can be used as a component of superconducting magnets like those found in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, or can be incorporated into superconductor equipment – and 600 tonnes of niobium wire are used for just this purpose in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
In addition to its use as pure niobium wire, this product is ideal for use in microalloys, where the percentage of niobium is relatively small – this is commonly seen in high-performance steels, where small amounts of niobium in the alloy increase the quality of the steel dramatically. When creating alloys like these, niobium wire can be a perfect way to add only the small, precise quantities required.
Originally mistaken for tantalum, with which is was confused for some time, niobium was classified as a distinct element in 1864 and named in honour of the other metal, being called niobium after Niobe, the daughter of Tantalus in Greek myth. A dense, soft and silvery metal, niobium is often used in its pure form to make coins, medical equipment and implants, among other specialist applications. As it is biologically inert, nonreactive and hypoallergenic, it is ideal for these purposes.
For more information about niobium wire and its applications in engineering, manufacturing and industry, you can contact Special Metals on their head office contact number, 01268 820409, or use the contact form on this page to submit a request for a quote. The experts on the other end of the line will be happy to help you find the perfect niobium wire for your needs.