Light Alloys

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Light Alloys


structural alloys based on aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and beryllium. They are characterized by a higher specific strength (strength/density ratio) than, for example, iron-based or nickel-based structural alloys. Thus, for identical tensile strength (~450 meganewtons per sq m), Duralumin is three times lighter than boiler plate—that is, its specific strength is about three times greater.

Light alloys are widely used in aircraft and rocket design, shipbuilding, transportation engineering, instrument-making, automotive engineering, chemical apparatus design, electrical engineering, civil construction, and nuclear power engineering, as well as in the production of consumer goods.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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