Beryllium raw material.
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|Beryllium raw material.|
Description supplied by the source:
This piece of beryllium was originally purchased about 25 years ago from Brush-Wellman, by far the largest and oldest company in the world that deals with the production, refining, and fabrication of beryllium. This sample certainly shows some of the difficulties in dealing with pure beryllium- from the internal surface texture, it is pretty clear that the stuff is ridiculously brittle. In addition, it is very difficult to melt, cast and work- the hole that is visible in this rough piece is actually a void passing all the way through that remains as an artifact from when it was originally melted! This sample is, like all beryllium, mind-bogglingly light to hold- our brains are not used to hefting a piece of beryllium and associating that kind of density (or lack thereof) with a piece of solid metal.
Source: Ethan Currens
Contributor: Ethan Currens
Acquired: 21 March, 2008
Text Updated: 21 March, 2008