In chemistry, a metal (Ancient Greek métallon, μεταλλον) is an element, compound, or alloy characterized by high electrical conductivity.
In a metal, atoms readily lose electrons to form positive ions (cations); those ions are surrounded by delocalized electrons, which are responsible for the conductivity.
The solid thus produced is held by electrostatic interactions between the ions and the electron cloud, which are called metallic bonds.
Metals in general have high electric, thermal conductivity, luster and density, and the ability to be deformed under stress without cleaving.
While there are several metals that have low density, hardness, and melting points, these (the alkali and alkaline earth metals) are extremely reactive,
and are rarely encountered in their elemental, metallic form.
Also, by proper selection of ingredients, products with improved or specific properties can be designed to meet a wide variety of service conditions. We have a wide variety of materials in our program and our metals have the best mechanical and chemical properties for specific applications. For details about our metallic materials, please contact one of our material experts.
- Spring steel
- Stainless steel