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Alloys & Metallic Bonding

Explanation of how metallic bonds are formed and the usefulness of alloys

Maria Heininger

on 30 October 2017

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Transcript of Alloys & Metallic Bonding

Metallic bonds are formed when the

valance electrons

of a metal atom become

or detached from the rest of the atom.
How Metallic Bonds
are formed...

How are atoms in a metal held together?
How are metallic bonds formed?
Common Alloys
Main Points of Metallic Bonding
Why are alloys more useful than pure metals?
All metal atoms are held together through

metallic bonds

Metallic bonds can be between

atoms of the same metals



atoms of different metals.
Valance electrons in metals are
(free to move around & not connected to the cation)
Alloys are chemical substances where the

main component is a metal

However, the metal is
mixed (not bonded!)

with other elements.

- 67% copper, 33% zinc


- 60% copper, 39% tin, 1% aluminum & other elements


- 98% iron, 1% carbon, 1% other
Has different properties then that of the pure metal (enhances the properties)
Does not rust as easily
Harder to break or damage
Light weight
Metal cations are held together via a
Metals have a
crystalline structure
due to the organization of their metal cations. This is why metals are relatively hard.
Metals are
flexible, malleable & ductile
because the cations in the sea of electrons are able to move around and not locked into place.
Delocalized electrons - free to move around between the stable cations
Stable cations
Sea of Electrons
Properties of Pure Metals
rust easily
very soft (malleable)
Do these sound like ideal properties for making something out of metal?
Look at the list of everyday items:

Sports Equipment
While these are all made from metals, are they PURE metals?
14 karat gold - NOT PURE GOLD!

59% Gold
14% Silver
23% Copper
3.5% Zinc
0.5% Cobalt
Sterling silver - NOT PURE SILVER!

92.5% Silver
7.5% Copper
The Structure of
Pure Metals vs. Alloys
The atoms in pure metals are very
, which allows them to easily
slide over one another
when a force is applied
The atoms in an alloy are
due to the mixture of the different metals and elements. When a force is applied, the atoms are
NOT able to slide
over one another as well. This makes the alloy extremely strong.
How are alloys made?
Alloys can be made 2 different ways:


each metal and then


them together.

Taking a solid piece of metal, chemically coating it with a thin layer of the second metal

(called plating)

and heating until they physically combine.
A "sea of electrons" forms when metal cations become attracted to the same delocalized electrons
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