Niobium


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Niobium tends to form borides, silicides and numerous inter-metallic compounds, some of them with notable superconducting properties as the Nb3Sn. These compounds have high electrical resistivity and reflectivity and small volatileness, what makes them ideal in induction ovens or in radiation shielding. The metal is used in the production of iron-niobium alloys, and of other more complex alloys that can be applied in the construction of propulsion turbines and in rockets and space ships.