Using Vanadium

Vanadium is used in many industries and applications, from automobiles, power generation, and hand tools, to ships, industrial tools and aeroplanes. Click on the images below to see and learn about many examples.

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Aerospace

Aerospace

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Aerospace

Vanadium is found in aircraft components including landing gear using ultra high strength steel 300M, and airframe and engine parts using titanium alloys such as Ti-6Al-4V.

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Anti-Seismic Rebars

Anti-Seismic Rebars

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Anti-Seismic Rebars

Vanadium microalloyed high strength rebar is a safe, reliable and cost effective solution for reinforced concrete construction in earthquake prone regions.

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Automotive

Automotive

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Automotive

Many applications of vanadium exist in modern automobiles including HSLA and AHSS for body structure, and microalloyed forging steels for engine and chassis.

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Bridges

Bridges

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Bridges

Steel bridges often use vanadium microalloyed HSLA steel due the excellent combination of high strength, toughness and weldability.

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Construction

Construction

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Construction

Vanadium plays an essential role in providing high strength and cost effective solutions for the construction sector.

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Fusion Reactors

Fusion Reactors

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Fusion Reactors

Vanadium alloys are being investigated as potential candidate materials for fusion reactors.

Hand Tools

Hand Tools

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Hand Tools

Vanadium and chromium are added to increase the surface hardness and resistance to distortion under load in many hand tools.

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High Strength Bolts

High Strength Bolts

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High Strength Bolts

Vanadium is often added to high strength bolts to improve their resistance to hydrogen induced delayed failure.

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Knives

Knives

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Knives

Many steels used for high quality knives contain vanadium to increase hardness and edge retention.

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Machinery/Bearings

Machinery/Bearings

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Machinery/Bearings

In high strength heat treated steels used in machinery vanadium is often an important component improving strength and toughness due to temper resistance.

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Mooring & Anchor Chains

Mooring & Anchor Chains

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Mooring & Anchor Chains

Welded heavy chains, used for mooring ships and offshore platforms exploit vanadium which provides increased strength and wear resistance.

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Oil & Gas Pipelines

Oil & Gas Pipelines

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Oil & Gas Pipelines

High strength, tough and weldable HSLA plate and coil steels containing vanadium are widely used for oil and gas transmission pipelines.

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Power Stations

Power Stations

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Power Stations

Power stations rely on vanadium in many high strength creep resistant components using carbon and stainless steels subjected to high temperatures and corrosive environments.

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Rails

Rails

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Rails

Vanadium can be added to improve the properties of high performance pearlitic and bainitic rail steels required for extreme service conditions.

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Railway Wagons

Railway Wagons

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Railway Wagons

Special vanadium steels, with improved wear and corrosion resistance, have been developed for railway wagons used for carrying bulk supplies of hard materials.

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Sheet Piling

Sheet Piling

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Sheet Piling

High strength vanadium microalloyed steels supplied in the “as rolled” condition are widely used for sheet piling in marine environments.

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Ships

Ships

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Ships

In ship plate and bulb flats vanadium is used to achieve high strength and toughness, while maintaining excellent weldability.

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Springs

Springs

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Springs

Vanadium provides strength and sag resistance in high strength springs.

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Steel & Chemical Plant

Steel & Chemical Plant

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Steel & Chemical Plant

Vanadium is an essential alloying element in a number of steels used in steel and chemical plant.

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Tools & Dies

Tools & Dies

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Tools & Dies

Tools and dies, used to manufacture engineering components and everyday articles, often contain vanadium for improved cutting edge hardness and wear resistance.

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Transmission Towers

Transmission Towers

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Transmission Towers

Electricity transmission towers are lighter and higher performance due to high strength, tough and weldable vanadium microalloyed HSLA section steels.

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U Bolts

U Bolts

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U Bolts

Vanadium treated cold formed U-bolts are often used to replace hot formed Q&T alloy steels for lower cost and improved performance.

Vanadium Redox Flow Battery VRFB

Vanadium Redox Flow Battery VRFB

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Vanadium Redox Flow Battery VRFB

The Vanadium Redox Flow Battery uses vanadium electrolyte to store energy and enable wider use of renewable power generation such as wind and solar.

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Welded & Seamless Tubes

Welded & Seamless Tubes

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Welded & Seamless Tubes

Vanadium is used in welded and seamless tubular high strength steel structures.

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Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines

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Wind Turbines

Wind turbine towers benefit from lighter weight and weldability when vanadium microalloyed HSLA steel plate is used.

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