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- Uses for Beryllium
- The unique properties of this lightweight metal make it a critical enabler of modern technologies extensively used throughout aerospace, defense, telecommunications and computer, energy exploration, medical diagnostic and other advanced applications.
- Historical Perspective
- When compared to the ancient histories of metals such as gold, copper and lead, beryllium is a relative newcomer. Though beryllium was discovered in the late 18th century, its unique properties and commercial value were not recognized until the 1920s.
- Forms of Beryllium
- The three primary forms of beryllium produced are beryllium-containing alloys, pure beryllium metal and beryllia ceramics, also known as beryllium oxide ceramic.
- Sources of Beryllium
- Where does Beryllium come from? Only the United States, China and Kazakhstan process commercial quantities of beryllium from ore into pure beryllium metal or other beryllium-containing materials. Currently, the only fully integrated producer (from mine to mill fabrication), Materion Brush Inc., is located in the U.S.
- All Grade Levels
- Beryllium and Metal resources for All grade levels.
- Did You Know
- Facts About Beryllium
- Middle School
- This lesson plan, from Discovery Education, will help middle school students identify transition metals and discuss the properties of alloys.
- High School
- This lesson plan, from Discovery Education, will help high school students understand the classification of elements.
- From heat shields that protected NASA’s Mercury astronauts, to the orbital telescopes of tomorrow, beryllium materials have had a front seat in our nation’s extraordinary exploration of space.