Vale - About Nickel
Nickel is rarely used in its purest form. Most nickel is combined with other metals to form alloys. As a transition metal, it combines readily with other metals, especially iron, chromium and copper, to produce alloys with particular combinations of properties that cannot be achieved by pure metals:
Other nickel-containing alloys are used for specialist applications requiring special properties like magnetic attraction and controlled expansion. Alloys of nickel are used in electronic applications, in the automotive industry and in other special applications.
Electroplating is another common application process for nickel. Nickel electroplating is the electrochemical deposition of nickel onto a substrate material to enhance its properties or surface finish. This process is used for decorative purposes in everyday applications from providing the bright metallic finish to our bathroom taps and shower heads to decorating the wheels on luxury vehicles. The versatility of the process also enable the manufacturing of functional products such as components for computers and electronic items and molds that are used to "stamp" CD disks.
Nickel is one of the most versatile metals. It is both hard and malleable, resists corrosion and maintains its mechanical and physical characteristics even when subjected to extreme temperatures. Its unique qualities have made it useful in millions of applications and products that enrich our lives today.
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