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Home > Scrap General > Scrap Metal Commodities Reference - B > Bismuth

Bismuth is a white, lustrous metal having a very faint reddish tinge. It is extremely brittle and is a poor conductor of heat and electricity. Alloys readily with other metals, and imparts them the properties of hardness and low-temperature fusibility. Hence, it is used a good deal in the making of such alloys as Woods metal, etc. "Fusible metals" of this type are used as safety plugs in steam boilers, in fire alarm apparatus and in other devices. Bismuth alloys are also used for the making of metallic casts. Chemically, bismuth is fairly reactive, its best-known compound, bismuth carbonate, being a popular medicinal substance. In most of its properties, bismuth is similar to antimony.

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