What Is Nickel, Where Is It Used? What are its features?
The history of nickel dates back to 20 BC. In fact, in some ancient Chinese documents, it is described that white nickel was used in the East between 1400-1600 BC. However, this information is not certain since nickel is generally mixed with silver.
Nickel-containing minerals have also been used to give glass a green color. In 1751, while Baron Axel Fredrik Cronstedt was trying to separate copper from nicolite, he obtained nickel. Coins made of pure nickel were first produced in Switzerland in 1881.
Properties of Nickel
If we look at the chemical properties of nickel; First, its atomic number is 28. The form in which it is found at 20 degrees was determined as solid. The melting point of the element nickel is 1455 degrees, while the boiling point is 2913 degrees. Very strong heat is required. The density of the element is 8.9 grams/cubic centimeter.
In Which Areas Is Nickel Used?
Nickel resists corrosion and is used to plate other metals to protect them. However, it is mainly used in making alloys such as stainless steel. Nichrome is an alloy of nickel and chromium with small amounts of silicon, manganese, and iron. It is resistant to corrosion even in extreme heat. For this reason, it is used in toasters and electric ovens.
Copper-nickel alloy is widely used in desalination plants that convert seawater into fresh water. On the other hand, nickel steel is used for armor plating. Other nickel alloys are used in boat propeller shafts and turbine blades.
We also use nickel in many products in the Faf Valve product family. We enable our customers to use long-lasting products with products that are more resistant to corrosion with our nickel-plated flaps.