Tungsten, sometimes called “wolfram” and identified as W on the periodic table, is an elemental metal and the element with the highest melting point yet discovered. A relatively rare metal, naturally-occurring tungsten is only found in ore form, and was first isolated in its pure elemental form in 1783.
As a pure metal, tungsten has good thermal conductivity, good electrical conductivity, a high material density (considerably higher than that of lead) and, as pointed out above, the highest melting point of any known element. This makes it ideally suited for high-intensity, high-temperature applications, as well as making in an excellent choice for alloying with other metals to improve their material qualities.
In these situations, tungsten bars form a perfect blank for manufacturing and alloying. Easy to transport and store, the tungsten bars available from Special Metals UK are well-suited to machining, rolling, pressing and other forming to create a variety of components, and can readily be drawn into wire or rolled into sheets.
Tungsten bars are also ideal for alloying, as they allow precise amounts of tungsten to be cut from the bar with a saw and added to the alloys. As tungsten is integral to a large number of high-quality alloys including tungsten copper, advanced steel alloys and superalloys used in rocketry, aerospace engineering and other intense, high-performance uses.
For more information on the uses of tungsten bars or the properties of this unique and useful metal, you can get in contact with Special Metals UK today on 01268 820409 or use the contact form on this page to send them a message! The metals experts at the Special Metals UK Head Office will be able to answer any questions that you may have, and will help you find the perfect tungsten bars solution to suit your business’ needs.