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Beryllium's uses

Adding beryllium to some alloys increases their resistance to heat and corrosion and improves their hardness and insulating properties.

Many parts of supersonic aircraft are made of beryllium alloys because of their lightness and stiffness.

Because X-rays easily pass through pure beryllium, the element is used as window material for X-ray tubes. Beryllium and its oxide, beryllia, also are used as a moderator, or blanket, around the core of a nuclear reactor because of the tendency of beryllium to slow down or capture neutrons.

Beryllium and its oxide are being used more in industry. Besides its importance in aircraft and X-ray tubes, beryllium is used in computers, lasers, televisions, oceanographic instruments and personal body armor.


Source: Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 2001 (www.encarta. msn.com)

June 27, 2001

 
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