By Rose Ragsdale
For Metal Tech News 

Tungsten fills niche in new innovations

Unique properties place hard metal at fore of global research Metal Tech News – December 23, 2020


Last updated 7/10/2022 at 2:59pm

tungsten critical mineral Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute aqueous electrolyte

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Nearly 60% of the tungsten consumed in the U.S. during 2019 was used to make cemented tungsten carbide. Drill bits used by the mining industry, such as the Atlas Copco bit on the left, is one of the many industrial uses of tungsten carbide.

President-elect Joe Biden's plans to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure and move the world's biggest economy toward greener policies is brightening the outlook for base metals, including tougher-than-nails tungsten.

Many countries, including the United States, have designated tungsten as a critical metal after China, which accounts for 80% of annual global tungsten production of 85,000 metric...

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