Nickel is a material that has been used for thousands of years and items have been found by archaeologists that dated back over 2000 years ago. Although nowadays we have found new inventive ways to use the material, including in Nickel composites the base material has remained the same.
Nickel as an element was discovered back in 1751 by Axel Cronstedt but it took another century and a half before its uses were fully explored. It is now used as an alloy to plate other metals with and makes up a number of different alloys. Some stainless steel is made using nickel alloys which can withstand high temperatures and have a high resistance to corrosion. This makes them perfect for use in aviation and in production plant systems that require the use of chemicals.
Nickel composites, like those mentioned early are used in the coatings industry and have become a popular choice over the last few years as they often outperform other coatings when put into lab testing scenarios.
It is no wonder that Nickel has been around for so long and used in some many different ways. It really is a material that keeps evolving in its uses.