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Terence Bell

Updated Articles and Resources

By Terence Bell

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Metal Profile: Steel Created: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      What is steel? Steel, the world's foremost construction material, is an alloy of iron, containing between 0.2% and 2% carbon (by weight).
    • How to Make a Barrel Barbecue Created: Thursday, October 06, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
      As far as backyard metal projects go, what could be more appropriate for a long summer day than a barrel barbecue? For myself, a great project has two qualities: It is inexpensive to make and is practical to use. A barrel barbecue is both, and can be completed easily in one day.
    • Zinc Prices 2014 Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      The prices listed below are based on the daily cash buyer contract prices settled at the LME averaged for each month.
    • Metal Profile: Palladium Created: Monday, March 05, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      What is palladium? Palladium is a soft, rare platinum group metal (PGM) that is valued for its catalytic properties.
    • Copper History Pt. I Created: Saturday, January 19, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Copper is considered to be one of the first metals to be used by humans. The main reason for its early discovery and use is that copper can naturally occur in relatively pure forms.
    • Galvanic corrosion Created: Saturday, July 21, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Galvanic corrosion is caused by the existence of a galvanic cell - essentially two metals submersed in an electrolyte - that results in an attack on
    • Metal Profile: Brass Created: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      What is brass? Brass is a binary alloy composed of copper and zinc that has been produced for millennia and is valued for its workability, hardness, corrosion resistance and attractive appearance. The exact properties of different brasses depend on the composition of the brass alloy, particularly the copper-zinc ratio.
    • Company Profile: Xstrata plc Created: Friday, March 02, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Xstrata plc (Xstrata) is a major international producer of base and platinum group metals. With gross revenues of over US$ 30.5 billion (2010) and over 70,000 staff, Xstrata one of the world's largest metals companies.
    • The History of Brass Created: Monday, November 19, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Not long after the Romans had discovered how to produce brass, the alloy started to be used in coinage in areas of modern day Turkey. Brass coins soon spread throughout the Roman Empire and there is evidence that calamine brass production moved into northern Europe under Rome's authority.
    • Company Profile: Glencore International AG Created: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Glencore International AG (Glencore) is involved in the production, marketing and distribution of energy, agricultural and metal commodities. With its head office based in Baar, Switzerland, Glencore and its subsidiaries have operations in 30 countries and over 56,000 employees.
    • Composition of Common Brass Alloys Created: Monday, November 19, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      The chart below summarizes the composition of a number of commonly used brass alloys:
    • Company Profile: Teck Resources Ltd. Created: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Teck Resources Ltd. is a Canadian natural resource company that is focused on the production of zinc, copper, steelmaking coal, specialty metals and energy. The company has mining and refining operations in North and South America as well as exploration activities and offices around the world.
    • What are Sacrificial Anodes? Created: Sunday, July 22, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Sacrificial anodes are electrochemically active metal pieces that are used to protect structural metals against galvanic corrosion.
    • Brass Alloy Additives Created: Thursday, November 22, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Brass, a binary alloy containing copper and zinc, is made of various compositions, depending upon the hardness, durability, machinability and corrosion resistance properties required by the end-user.
    • Base Metals Created: Monday, December 26, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      The term 'base metals' commonly refers to the industrial, non-ferrous metals: copper, lead, nickel and zinc.
    • Zinc Applications Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Approximately half of all zinc produced is used to galvanize carbon steel products. Due to its electro-positivity, zinc acts as a sacrificial anode when
    • Zinc Production Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      The remaining concentrate will consist of between 1 to 15 percent zinc, but retain a high sulphur content (around 30 percent) that must be removed. This can be done by
    • Zinc Prices 2013 Created: Monday, July 30, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Zinc and lead metal contracts have been traded on the London Metal Exchange since 1920. Zinc contracts have been
    • Malleability Created: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Definition of the material property of malleability.
    • Minor Metals Created: Thursday, November 24, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      What are minor metals? The term 'minor metals' is used to describe about 40 elemental metals that are normally produced as by-products and not traded on any major exchanges."
    • Metal Profile: Zinc Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Zinc is a lustrous bluish-grey metal that is primarily used to galvanize iron and steel in order to protect against...
    • The 10 Largest Uranium Mines Created: Saturday, November 26, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The world's 10 largest producing uranium mines accounted for 29,337 tonnes of uranium (tU), or 55% of global production in 2010. Statistics provided by the World Nuclear Association.
    • Process Annealing Created: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Definition of the heat treatment process of process annealing.
    • Brass Applications Created: Thursday, November 22, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Brass's valuable properties and relative ease of production has made it one of the mostly widely used alloys. While compiling a complete list of all of brass's applications would be a colossal task...
    • Metal Hydrides Created: Monday, December 20, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Definition of the materials known as metal hydrides.
    • Ductility Created: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
      Definition of the material property of ductility.
    • A Short History of Steel: Part II Created: Saturday, January 14, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
      The growth of railroads during the 19th century in both Europe and America put great pressure on the iron industry, which still struggled with inefficient production processes. Yet steel was still ...
    • Steel History Created: Saturday, January 14, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
      By the 17th century, iron's properties were well understood, but increasing urbanization in Europe demanded a more versatile structural metal." itemprop="description" Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
      Definition of the material property of strength.
    • Toughness Created: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
      Definition of the material property of toughness.
    • Steel Billet Prices 2013 Created: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
      Contracts for steel billets have been traded on the London Metal Exchange (LME) since 2008. These were the first ferrous contracts to be offered by the LME. The prices listed below are based on the...
    • Annealing Created: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
      Description of the heat treatment process of annealing.

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