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Selection of Material

When considering the choice of material there are certain variables that need to be taken into consideration.  Proper material selection is based upon 5 important criteria: 

  1. Mechanical Properties:  the alloy’s strength should be given a special emphasis.  The specific alloy type for the application is designated with the combination of the alloy’s strength and the corrosion resistance factor.

  2. Corrosion Resistance:  this is the main reason for designating a particular type of metal.  When selecting a material, you must identify the following:  the level of corrosion resistance required and the corrosive environment expected.  When corrosion is a problem, the use of stainless steel may be necessary.

  3. Fabrication Operations:  this is HOW the material is to be processed.  Factors to consider here are:  the steel’s ability to be machined, welded, cold-headed, etc.

  4. Total Cost:  the OVERALL value figure of the alloy is determined starting with the initial alloy price, the installed price, and the effective life expectancy of the finished product.

  5. Material availability:  this is the final consideration that needs to be taken into account when choosing the most economical and practical metal.  The availability of the raw material (and special material in particular) must be considered.






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