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Tungsten has the highest tensile strength of any natural metal, but it's brittle and tends to shatter on impact. Titanium has a tensile strength of 63,000 PSI. Its tensile-strength-to-density ratio is higher than any natural metal, even tungsten, but it scores lower on the Mohs scale of hardness. It is also extraordinarily resistant to corrosion. Chromium, on the Mohs scale for hardness, is the hardest metal around. It scores 9.0, but it's extremely brittle. So unless it's combined with other metals, it isn't very useful if you need yield and tensile strength.


Reflective, non-corrosive


Malleable, non-corrosive


Durable, malleable


Durable, hard


High melting point, dense, non-corrosive


Bluish-silver, dense, brittle


Malleable, stable when heated


Extremely dense


Conductive, reflective


Reflective, malleable

The extreme strength of the two materials is due to their reaction to compression. Most materials undergo a structural transformation under pressure that makes them stronger. Lonsdaleite and wurtzite boron nitride have subtle differences in the directional arrangements of their structural bonds, making them stronger than diamonds under pressure.

hysical Properties Metric English Tensile Strength, Ultimate 420 MPa 60900 psi Tensile Strength, Yield 350 MPa 50800 psi Elongation at Break 15 % 15 % Modulus of Elasticity 200 GPa 29000 ksi

In terms of tensile strength, tungsten is the strongest out of any natural metal (142,000 psi

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