Molybdenum is the most commonly used of all refractory metals, in part because it is the least expensive refractory metal. It can be alloyed with other metals, making it strong and resistant to extreme temperatures. Moly also resists corrosion, making it an ideal material for use in the oil and gas industries. It is often used to strengthen steel alloys (in particular, structural piping and tubing). Less dense than tungsten, it is useful in applications that require high stiffness and low weight.
Like tungsten, molybdenum is used in the medical field. However, because molybdenum is less dense than tungsten, it is not used as often in radiation shielding applications. But its higher thermal conductivity, lower thermal expansion coefficient and lower overall density make it an ideal material for use in rotating x-ray anodes and CT imaging systems. Molybdenum is better suited to diagnostic imaging than shielding applications, but this refractory metal is just as indispensible to the medical field and its emerging technologies.
Moly tubing is used in high temperature furnace applications. Confluent Maine has drilled hundreds of feet of precision moly tubes over the past few years. Confluent Maine understands the strict tolerances and machining requirements of the medical, aerospace and oil and gas industries. Our experience working with molybdenum allows us to efficiently machine custom specialty components and tubing, producing the highest quality finished product at the best possible price.