Lightning Bolt is capable of manufacturing a wide range of Columbium-200 fasteners. Columbium fasteners, are also referred to as Niobium fasteners and have a physical and chemical properties similar to those of the element tantalum Therefore, it is difficult to distinguish the two alloys. It is estimated that out of 44,500 metric tons of niobium mined in 2006, 90% ended up in the production of high-grade structural steel, followed by its use in superalloys. The use of niobium alloys for superconductors and in electronic components account only for a small share of the production
Niobium is a very valuable microalloying element for steel. Adding niobium to the steel causes the formation of niobium carbide and niobium nitride within the steel. These compounds improve the grain refining, retardation of recrystallization, and precipitation hardening of the steel. These effects increase the toughness, strength, formability, and weldability of the microalloyed steel. Microalloyed stainless steels have a niobium content of less than 0.1%. It is an important alloy addition to high strength low alloy steels, which are widely used as structural components in modern cars. These niobium containing alloys are strong and are often used in pipeline construction.
Significant amounts of the element, either in its pure form or in the form of high-purity ferroniobium and nickel niobium, are used in nickel-, cobalt-, and iron-based superalloys for such applications as jet engine parts, gas turbines, rocket subassemblies, and heat resisting and combustion equipment. These superalloys are used, for example, in advanced air frame systems such as those used in the NASA rocket program.
Do to their intrinsic properties, Columbium / Niobium alloys are an excellent material to make hex bolts, nuts, washers, stud bolts, as well as a large variety of additional fasteners used in corrosive environments.
Being an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, we are capable of manufacturing any type of fastener. Specials are our “specialty”, however standard items also within our capabilities include:
- Columbium Nuts
- Columbium Washers
- Columbium Screws
- Columbium Socket Cap Screws
- Columbium Bolts
- Columbium Studs
- Columbium U-bolts
- Columbium Hex Bolts
- Columbium Hex Cap Screws