Of molybdenum we produce molybdenum wire for different applications. The name molybdenum comes from Ancient greek, molybdos. The silvery metal has the sixth highest melting point of all metals, for example tungsten and rhenium has higher melting points.
Molybdenum, moly, is a chemical element with the symbol Mo and atomic number 42. The name is from Ancient Greek molybdos and a popular abbreviation for Molybdenum is Moly.
This silvery metal has the sixth highest melting point of all metals. For example tungsten and rhenium have higher melting points.
Molybdenum’s ability to resist high temperatures without expanding or softening makes it useful in high pressure and high temperature applications.
Sometimes molybdenum wire is used instead of tungsten due to its lower density, about half of tungsten. However, the weight to strength ratio for molybdenum wire is high.
The electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity for molybdenum wire are about one third of that of copper.
Chemically, molybdenum is not very reactive. It is resistant to air and water at ordinary temperature. At 400-500 °C, the metal is oxidized and at temperatures above about 700 °C, the attack is rapid.
Luma molybdenum wire (moly wire) is available in a variety of finishes. For example the elongation can be elevated to more than 15%. Molybdenum wire is also, in comparison to tungsten, more ductile.
Luma molybdenum wire is available in the dimension range 0.010 – 0.3 mm (0.00039 – 0.0118″).
Fast growing market
For Luma, the antenna industry has been the fastest growing application area. This is very often project related business and in many cases related to governmental interests. Business within this area is characterized by large quantities and strict specifications, concerning the quality of the product as well as the documentation surrounding the project.
The product manufactured using Luma wire, is more commonly called deployable mesh reflector. This is used in space as well as on earth. Luma gold plated molybdenum wire and gold plated tungsten wire are the most common products supplied for this application. However, also non-plated wires are supplied to manufacturers of antennas.