Definition - What does Tungsten mean?
Tungsten refers to a naturally occurring metal element with the chemical symbol W and an atomic number of 74. Tungsten has a hard steel-gray color and the highest melting point of any naturally occurring metal. It also has good corrosion resistance.
Corrosionpedia explains Tungsten
Tungsten is used to generate parts for a wide range of applications, such as:
- Filaments in incandescent light bulbs
- Arc-welding electrodes
- As an alloy in higher strength steels
- Steel machining tools
Tungsten is classified as a refractory metal. Some important properties that must be considered prior to use for any metal or construction application include:
|Tensile strength at room temp., psi||100,000 – 500,000|
|Tensile strength at 500ºC, psi||75,000 – 200,000|
|Tensile strength at 1000ºC, psi||50,000 – 75,000|