Beryllium, despite its relatively simple atomic structure, possesses a wide range of useful engineering properties. It has the highest strength-to-weight ratio and modulus of elasticity among structural metals and is an important alloy addition in copper, nickel, and aluminum alloys. It also has excellent thermal properties, low atomic mass, a small x-ray absorption cross section, and a large neutron scattering cross section. This brief introductory chapter provides an overview of the unique qualities of beryllium along with typical applications and uses.
Kenneth A. Walsh, Introduction, Beryllium Chemistry and Processing, By Kenneth A. Walsh;Edited By Edgar E. Vidal, Alfred Goldberg, Edward N.C. Dalder, David L. Olson, Brajendra Mishra, ASM International, 2009, p 1–5, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.bcp.t52230001
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