Differences between ferrous metals & non ferrous metals

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Differences between ferrous metals & non ferrous metals:

L I S T E N A N D B E B L E S S E D Differences between ferrous metals & non ferrous metals


Before going into the differences between FERROUS metals and the NON-FERROUS ones. I’m sure we would all like to know what the afore mentioned types of metals are. FERROUS METALS are metals that contain any amount of iron in its basic form while NON-FERROUS METALS are metals that do not contain any amount of iron in it’s basic form. With the above definition, it is therefore not surprising that iron is the only FERROUS element in the periodic table. definitions


The differences between these two types of metals can be viewed in two ways. They are: Properties Applications 1. PROPERTIES FERROUS and NON-FERROUS metals differ some in their properties. FERROUS metals possess a magnetic attraction and have a great tensile strength since they can carry a high amount of strain. They also have standard metal properties, such as heat and electricity conduction, ductility, malleability and a lustrous appearance. DIFFERENCES

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FERROUS metals also have the ability for oxidation, which is known as corrosion. Oxidation of FERROUS metals forms as a reddish-brown deposit on the surface and is an oxide of iron. NON-FERROUS metals also possess the same basic metal properties. However, NON-FERROUS metals differ from ferrous metals in that they typically have lighter weights, have higher melting points and are basically resistant to corrosion, whether atmospheric or chemical in nature.

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FERROUS metals are typically used in applications where strength is the primary focal point. Cast iron is used for many purposes, such as in gates, garden fences, drain covers and manholes. Cast steel is also used for many purposes, such as in tools and decorative hardware. NON-FERROUS metals are used in various applications where their properties can be used to their advantage. This is why NON-FERROUS metals are typically used in industrial settings. For example, since NON-FERROUS metals contain a lighter weight, they are beneficial in a machine where it is important for it to weigh less . 2. applications

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They are typically used when the magnetic attraction of iron may be a disadvantage. Nonferrous metals are also ideal for electronic and electrical applications . MOST IMPORTANT FACT The most important difference however is the fact that any thing that doesn’t contain IRON is NON-FERROUS while any thing which contains IRON is FERROUS .

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