Energy Materials

An Introduction

The energy industry is a true test of material properties. The breadth of geographical locations, environments, structural demands, temperatures and contact with corrosive elements are unparalleled. As new ways of producing energy come to the fore and efficiencies are being found in existing technologies, new materials are being integrated and new applications are being found for the incumbents. 

Key material considerations for the energy industries are: strength - structural strength for hydroelectric dams, electricity pylons, wind turbines et al, tensile strength for overhead powerlines and compessive strength for pressure vessels; electrical conductivity for power lines; corrosion resistance for attacks from the elements, marine environments and acids; and Temperature range, from sub zero cryogenics in nuclear cooling, to 1000s of degrees celsius.

The materials and applications on this page are listed solely as a guide and do not reflect the limit of our supply, or the uses of said materials. If you have a specific application for which you need particular materials, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Aluminium

Pros

+ 61% conductivity of Copper, yet half the weight

+ Reduction in weight allows longer spans between pylons for overhead       powerlines

+ High corrosion resistance - suitable for exposure to the elements and         offshore applications

+ Easily shaped into wire and complex shapes for connectors

Low coefficient of thermal expansion

Easy to bend without cracking

Readily recycled at end of useful life

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Aluminium in Energy

Nickel

Pros

+ Excellent corrosion resistance

+ High strength

+ Great creep strength

+ A very useful alloy in Stainless Steels

+ Resistant to high temperatures

+ Straightforward to join and shape

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Nickel in Energy

Steel

Pros

+ High strength

+ Readily formed into complex shapes

+ High corrosion resistance in Stainless Steels

+ Good high temperature characteristics

+ Broad range of alloys to meet possible               requirements

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Steel in Energy

Titanium

Pros

+ Very high strength

+ Superior corrosion resistance

+ Excellent creep strength

+ Readily joined and formed into complex shapes

+ High capacity for resisting internal and external pressures

Long life cycle with minimal maintenance required

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Titanium in Energy

Pros

+ Very lightweight

+ Low coefficient of thermal expansion

+ High strength

+ Resistant to high temperatures with the right polymers

+ Excellent corrosion resistance

Easy to form and shape into complex shapes

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Carbon Fibre in Energy

Carbon Fibre

Aramids

Pros

+ Very lightweight allowing less loading on powerlines when used as insulator

+ Readily formed into complex shapes

+ High corrosion resistance to the elements and acids

+ Excellent resistance to heat and electrical currents

Superior containment of high pressures. Ideal for use in hoses/umbilicals

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