Nonferrous Alloy

Definition - What does Nonferrous Alloy mean?

A Nonferrous Alloy is a mixture of two or more metallic elements that does not contain iron. A distinguishing feature of nonferrous alloys is that they are highly malleable (i.e., they can be pressed or hammered into thin sheets without breaking). Nonferrous simply implies a metal other than iron or steel.

Petropedia explains Nonferrous Alloy

Nonferrous alloys have one valuable advantage over ferrous alloys and metals, which is that they are highly corrosion and rust resistant because they do not have any iron content in them. Consequently, these materials are suitable for highly corrosive environments such as liquid, chemical and sewage pipelines. Nonferrous alloys and metals are also non-magnetic, making them suitable for many electrical and electronic applications. Some commonly used nonferrous metals and alloys are copper, zinc, aluminum, lead, nickel, cobalt, chromium, gold, and silver.

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