Accession Number : AD0832579

Title :   TRENDS IN USAGE OF BERYLLIUM AND BERYLLIUM OXIDE.

Corporate Author : MATERIALS ADVISORY BOARD (NAS-NRC) WASHINGTON DC

Report Date : FEB 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : This report is one in a series of five (the others being molybdenum, platinum, silver, and tantalum), in which the influence on applications of changing technology is explored. Forecasting consumption trends is difficult; many possible applications, each having an important impact on consumption, have been developed to the prototype stage, but further consumption of any one is problematical. Some large usages do appear certain, however, and the consumption trend is upward. The supply of beryllium is in reasonable balance with demand, but a close watch should be maintained on the situation. Historically, about 60% of beryl goes into beryllium-copper alloys; ceramics about 5%. Present applications of beryllium metal, such as guidance and nuclear components are expected to increase. In addition, relatively new uses, such as aerospace components and aircraft brakes, are expected to consume very significant and rapidly growing quantities of metal. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*BERYLLIUM, CONSUMPTION), (*BERYLLIUM OXIDES, CONSUMPTION), STRATEGIC MATERIALS, INVENTORY CONTROL, COPPER ALLOYS, PREDICTIONS, SUBSTITUTES, BERYL, PRODUCTION.

Subject Categories : Metallurgy and Metallography
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE