Interesting Facts (or Otherwise?) on Nickel Alloys

As a introduction to our next (much heavier) blog on Nickel Alloys please see below some really interesting facts on Nickel Alloys.

  • Nickel is a chemical element with the chemical symbol Ni
  • Has atomic number 28.
  • Has been found to have been used in weapons, tools and coins going back to 3500 BC.
  • Isolation and classification of nickel as an element (and naming) has, by some, been credited to Axel Fredrik Cronstedt at 1751 in Sweden.
  • Claimed origin of name: from the German word “kupfernickel” meaning St Nicholas’s (or The Devil’s) copper.
  • Nickel is a versatile element and will alloy with most metals.
  • Complete solid solubility exists between nickel and copper.
  • Wide solubility ranges between iron, chromium, and nickel make possible many alloy combinations.
  • Nickel alloys are used extensively because of their corrosion resistance, high temperature strength and their special magnetic and thermal expansion properties.
  • Nickel (or a nickel-iron alloy) is commonly found in meteroites.
  • On Earth, native nickel is always found in combination with iron, a reflection of those elements’ origin as major end products of supernova nucleosynthesis.
  • An iron–nickel mixture is thought to compose the Earth’s inner core.
  • About 60% of world production is used in nickel-steels (particularly stainless steel)
  • About 6% of world nickel production is still used for corrosion-resistant pure-nickel plating
  • Nickel was once a common component of coins, but has largely been replaced by cheaper iron.
  • Nickel is a skin allergen for some people.
  • Nickel is one of four elements that are ferromagnetic around room temperature.
  • Enzymes of some microorganisms and plants contain nickel as an active site, which makes the metal an essential nutrient for them

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