Beryllium is a very light metal that has unique properties, which make it very interesting to numerous industrial applications.

Some physical and chemical characteristics of beryllium:

  • Atomic Symbol: Be.
  • Atomic Number: 4.
  • Atomic weight: 9.012.
  • Density: 1.85 g/cm³.
  • High melting point: 1287°C.
  • Low mass (density 66% less in relation to aluminum, above 80% less to steel).
  • High stiffness, and high brittleness too.
  • Exceptional thermal stability.
  • Excellent thermal conductivity.

Some relevant industrial applications:

  • Large scientific instruments.
  • Nuclear reactors.
  • Aerospace structures.
  • Defense applications.
  • Beryllium mirrors for optical systems
  • X-Ray instruments.

Beryllium is a suitable metal when high performance is required.