10 Interesting Facts About Non-Ferrous Metals

Posted by Neil Harvey on Dec 16, 2019 9:38:53 AM

Non ferrous metals, including Stainless Steel, Aluminium, copper and bronze, are essential materials for many sectors. 

Here we highlight some interesting facts about the metals that you might have not previously known... 

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Non-ferrous metals are essential to many industries, including manufacturing, engineering and construction, and have become an inevitable part of our surroundings. Gone are the days of heavy metals that came with limited functionalities and heavy hands. Non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, copper, bronze, lead and more, have opened a plethora of opportunities and can be found in an array of objects — lightest to heaviest.

Here are some facts about these metals that you may find fascinating:

1. Non-ferrous metals have a higher resistance to rust and corrosion. This is majorly because of the fact that they do not have iron content.

2. Non-ferrous metals are considered the best metals for electrical devices because these are non-magnetic in nature.

3. One of the most interesting things about non-ferrous metals is that these can be reused, replete with all their original properties. In today’s world when we are looking forward to more and more sustainable options, it is this feature of non-ferrous metals that give them a sharper edge over ferrous metals.

4. These metals, though strong, are much lighter as compared to their ferrous counterparts. Hence, they are much suited for the construction of industries which take both strength and weight into consideration, such as aircraft.

5. Non-ferrous metals are known to not generate sparks, and thus can be used safely in a flammable environment.

6. Aluminium is the metal most used in manufacturing medical equipment because of its sturdiness and recyclable qualities.

7. Most of the car batteries are composed of Lead. This is so because lead has a low-melting point and also doesn’t corrode, whether because of moisture or even acids. Additionally, it can supply high-surge currents.

8. Copper is the metal which is used as a base for most alloys that are used in the aerospace industry. This is because it is lightweight and thermally stable, and of course resistant to corrosion.

9. One minor, disadvantageous fact is that non-ferrous metals are a little difficult to recycle. However, the industries are anyway trying to change the equation there, as they try and meet environmental standards and targets.

10. Another fact to consider before going for non-ferrous metals is the fact that as compared to ferrous metals, they have a considerably lower tensile strength.


Non-ferrous metals are vital to the future of many industries. Are you making full use of it?


Topics: Metal Properties

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