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The need for Nickel Knowledge

Maybe you know Nickel better as the symbol Ni or the atomic number 28 … or perhaps you don’t. The material has an interesting past, from being regarded as a kind of Silver by the natives of Peru, to being mistaken as a prank from a mischievous demon in German mythology during 17thcentury Europe. The latter was due to miners believing they’d discovered Copper ore, yet when attempts to extract the Copper failed, the miners blamed the demon, Nickel, and so began calling the ore Kupfernickel, “Copper Demon”.

Did you know that you can also find a surprising amount of Nickel in your average tin of baked beans? Here, we take a look at this interesting material and its properties.

What colour is Nickel?

Nickel is silvery-white in colour and is a hard, strong metal.

Is Nickel magnetic?

Yes! Nickel is magnetic; in fact, it is just one of four metals that are ferromagnetic. This means that these metals are attracted to magnets and can also be magnetized themselves. Other ferromagnetic metals include Cobalt, Iron and Gadolinium.

Does Nickel rust?

Nickel resists corrosion, so it does not rust. It’s even used to plate other metals in order to protect them. Nickel is resistant to corrosion even when it is hot or when it’s submerged in saltwater, and so it’s used in the likes of toasters, desalination plants, boat propellor shafts and turbine blades.

What is the price of Nickel?

Not to be confused with the US coin, which is worth 5 cents, the price of Nickel metal changes through time, fluctuating and then crashing, as the pattern tends to be with many other metals. Nickel is not among the most expensive metals, which include Rhodium, Palladium, Gold, Iridium and Platinum.

What is the density of Nickel?

Nickel’s density sits closely with materials such as Cobalt, Copper and Erbium. It’s measured with a density of 8.9 g/cc, so to give you some context, it’s a lot denser than Aluminium at 2.702 g/cc, yet less dense than Gold, which comes in at 19.32 g/cc.

Does Stainless Steel contain Nickel?

Nickel is mainly used for making alloys, and in fact more than two-thirds of global Nickel production is used to make Stainless Steel. Nickel makes for a great alloying element, as it enhances important properties such as weldability, formability and ductility, all whilst fighting corrosion.

To find out more about Nickel or any of Goodfellow’s Nickel products, please get in touch with our team and we’ll be happy to help.

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