Beryllium: uses

The following uses for beryllium are gathered from a number of sources as well as from anecdotal comments. I'd be delighted to receive corrections as well as additional referenced uses (please use the feedback mechanism to add uses).

  • X-ray windows (berllium transmits X-rays 17 times better than aluminium
  • as a 2% alloy with nickel for springs, electrodes and nonsparking tools
  • berllium (2%) alloyed with copper gives a hard strong alloy with high resistance to wear used in gyroscopes, computer parts, and instruments (desirable lightness, stiffness)
  • alloys are used as a structural material for high performance aircraft, missiles, spacecraft (such as the USA space shuttle), and communication satellites.
  • ceramics
  • as a moderator in nuclear reactions since it is a highly effective moderator and reflector for neutrons
  • the oxide is used in the nuclear industry

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