Tantalum strip is a metal that is used for a number of purposes. It has a bright color and high heat resistance. Many electronic devices contain tantalum, including military communications equipment and nuclear power plants.
Tantalum can be supplied as an electron beam processed material or in the form of a powder-metallurgy grade. The powder metallurgy grade is perfect for deep drawing applications and ensures a smooth surface.
Tantalum foil is also a good choice for heat insulation. It can be spun, punched or cold forged.
These types of materials are available in various sizes and thicknesses. They are typically available in the range of 0.0005″ to 0.035″. Some of the popular uses for the strip include manufacturing heat shields for rocket motors, jet engine turbines, and crucibles for laboratory use.
Other than its use in electronics, tantalum is also used in the chemical industry. It is highly resistant to acidic and hydrofluoric liquids at ordinary temperatures. At extreme temperatures, it can hold a deep vacuum.
Tantalum is an important component in solid state devices. For example, it is a component in semiconductor ion implanters and X-ray absorbers. In addition, it has been used in medical applications, such as in suture clips.
This element has been classified as a material of the fourth danger class. However, it is relatively inert to bodily fluids and forms little toxic material in its working environment. Therefore, it is ideal for many applications.
Tantalum is a metal with a melting point of 2996 degC. Its density is one-fourth that of Tungsten and Molybdenum.