Molybdenum is a refractory metal that is very useful in many industrial processes and applications that would not be possible with many of the more common metals and alloys. Refractory metals and alloys are extraordinarily resistant to heat and have unique physical properties.
Because of these properties molybdenum is useful in many high temperature applications where high melting points are required. Molybdenum also exhibits good strength at elevated temperatures making moly useful in furnace, aerospace, and similar applications. And molybdenum's good thermal and electrical conductivity and low coefficient of expansion make it a useful metal in electronic/electrical and glass-to-metal sealing applications.
Molybdenum also has nuclear energy applications, and is employed as a catalyst in the petroleum refining industry. Molybdenum is also an essential trace element in plant nutrition, and molybdenum sulfide is useful as a lubricant, especially at high temperatures where oils would decompose. Below are just some of the interesting applications that molybdenum is used in.
In the missile industry Molybdenum is used for:
- nose cones
- high temperature structural parts
- leading edges of control surfaces
- support vanes
- re-entry cones
- heat radiation shields
In electronics Molybdenum is used for:
- magnetron end hats
- x-ray tube components
- glass-to-metal seals
In high temperature applications Molybdenum is used for:
- furnace windings
- structural furnace members
- containers for components exposed to high temperatures.
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