Shields, John A. PentaMet Associates LLC, Cleveland, Ohio.
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Combinations of one or more other metals with molybdenum (Mo) as the base metal or solvent. Such other metals are generally soluble in molybdenum and form solid solutions. However, once the concentration of an added metal exceeds its solubility limit in molybdenum, intermetallic compounds can form as precipitates. In some cases to be discussed, pure Mo or a Mo-rich solid solution has nonmetallic or intermetallic compounds added to it as dispersoids. While molybdenum is intentionally added to other metals (such as iron for some grades of stainless steel or for some heat-resisting tool steels), these are not molybdenum alloys, but are alloys of the base metal containing molybdenum.
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