Tantalum is a rare, non-radioactive metal, which is ductile, easily fabricated, highly resistant to corrosion by acids, a good conductor of heat and electricity, and has a high melting point.
In its refined form, Tantalum’s resistance to corrosion, heat and wear, and immunity to bodily fluids promote Tantalum’s use in surgical instruments and in the fabrication of chemical process equipment. Other notable applications include furnace parts, air and land-based turbines, X-ray films, electrical generation and camera lenses.
Tantalum is widely used in production of capacitors in the electronics industry. Major end uses for tantalum capacitors include automotive electronics, laptop computers, mobile phones and tablets.
Alloyed with other metals, Tantalum is also used in making carbide tools for metalworking equipment and in the production of superalloys for jet engine components.