Niobium is an essential component of the superalloys used in commercial and military jet engines. The most common jet engine in service today contains about 300 kg of niobium. Niobium allows help aircraft turbines maintain stable performance and increase efficiency at extremely high temperatures in corrosive environments.
Niobium in glass, steel and aluminium helps cars to be safer, greener and more economical than ever, while also improving performance. Commercial vehicles need exceptional strength and durability while also saving weight and cost. Niobium helps by reducing wear, adding strength to lower weight and increases payload, improving fuel economy and emissions control. Niobium use supports lightweighting, autonomy, electrification and vehicle affordability.
Niobium is used in steels for the production of high speed rails and for train wheels. By adding strength and toughness, niobium steels are ideally suited to an industry requiring excellent weldability and resistance to wear and thermal fatigue.