For those who haven’t read or heard “zirconium” before, you’ve come to the right place. This refractory metal gets its name from the Arabic word zargun, it means golden in color. The element has 40th place on the periodic table and has the symbol Zr. The metal resists corrosion and is used in different industries due to its chemical properties.
Fun fact: Because Zirconium does not get affected by the neutrons in nuclear reactions, the metal is used to manufacture the tubes in the nuclear reactor. You’ll be shocked to know that over 90% of the zirconium is used for nuclear reactors. Woah!
So, are you looking for the industries in which this metal is commonly used? Here I have listed some of them for you to have a better understanding of the alloy and its application.
Zirconium Dioxide or (Zr02) is the mineral baddeleyite that occurs in the most natural form. Due to its baddeleyite nature, it has vectors of different lengths and forms a rectangular parallelogram-like structure. It is transparent and exhibits translucent high reflection, and is available in different colors ranging from yellow, green, and dark brown.
So, how is it used in the jewelry industry?
Basically, Zirconia is used worldwide as a substitute for diamonds. In fact, Cubic Zirconia exists in crystalline form, which means that it doesn’t occur naturally. It needs to be synthesized before its application. Due to its flawless and colorless nature, it is considered the best surrogate for a diamond.
Also, the material which is used to carve zirconia ceramic is readily available. It is mined with environment-friendly techniques that make it a sustainable option for jewelers. You’ll be surprised to know that this metal is setting a long-term trend and is used by prominent brands such as Chanel, Dior, David Yurman, and Cartier.
Zirconium oxide has been a popular choice for automotive systems in the industry. This is because the alloy Zr02 is used in the manufacturing of hard ceramics. As refractory materials, it is used as a protective coating and works in better insulation.
For instance, engine liners, oxygen sensors, autocatalysts use “zirconia products” for better productivity and durability. Ceramics and piezoelectrics are the most famous elements that contain Zirconium Oxide. Therefore, this amazing alloy has created a huge sensation in the automotive industry. And that’s because of its heat resistance and other mind-blowing properties.
You might be familiar with dental crowns and implants. Dentists worldwide often recommend it for broken or unsupported teeth. Did you know that dental crowns can be used for worn down or discolored teeth? They can also be used as conjunction along with the bridges to strengthen your multiple teeth.
These dental crowns are made up of Zirconia dioxide. Ceramic crowns are preferred by dentists all over the world due to their reliable and durable nature.
This doesn’t end here, Zirconia is used in other industries as well. It includes petrochemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and mining. So, whatever industry you are in, look for the best material to strengthen the quality of your products!