What is tantalite/tantalum?
Tantalite (or coltan) is a naturally occurring oxide; the main ore and source of oxides and metallic tantalum
Tantalum is the refined elemental metal (although mostly used as high purity oxides)
Its key attributes include: excellent electrical characteristics, extremely high melting point, forgiving in all types of weather conditions, strong alloying and high resistance to corrosion.
Tantalum’s unique physical and chemical properties are expected to ensure high usage in new technologies and has been in our materials since the early 1800’s
Tantalite, or coltan, is a key component in the building of electronic capacitors, which without this mineral, many electronic devices around the world would stop. In particular, Tantalum is used in;
- Mobile Phones
- LCD TV
In addition to this, when alloyed with other metals, tantalum is used in fabricating carbide tools for metalworking equipment, jet engine components, chemical process equipment, nuclear reactors and missile parts and is widely used in automotive electronics such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS), navigation systems, wheel traction control, airbag inflation, engine management and fuel economy.
Fabrication of surgical instruments and implants
Chemical reaction vessels and pipes for corrosive liquids
Heat exchanging coils
Fabrication of high refractive index glass for camera lenses
Production of vacuum furnace parts
Fabrication of components for chemical plants, nuclear power plants, airplanes and missiles