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The ability of molybdenum to withstand extreme temperatures without significantly expanding or softening makes it useful in applications that involve intense heat, including the manufacture of armor, aircraft parts, electrical contacts, industrial motors and filaments.
Four main classes of commercial molybdenum-base alloys exist. The most common of the carbide-strengthened alloys is known as TZM, containing about 0.5% titanium, 0.08% zirconium, and 0.03% carbon.
Other alloys in this class include TZC (1.2% titanium, 0.3% zirconium, 0.1% carbon), MHC (1.2% hafnium, 0.05% carbon), and ZHM (1.2% hafnium, 0.4% zirconium, 0.12% carbon). The high-temperature strength imparted by these alloys is their main reason for existence.
Both TZM and MHC have found application as metalworking tool materials. Their high-temperature strength and high thermal conductivity make them quite resistant to the collapse and thermal cracking that are common failure mechanisms for tooling materials.