Top 10 Strongest Metals on Earth

The use of metals and the advancement of human civilization have gone hand in hand — and throughout the ages, each metal has proved its worth based on its properties and applications.

Today’s visualization from Viking Steel Structures outlines the 10 strongest metals on Earth and their applications.

The Top 10 Strongest Metals

Rank Type of Metal Example Use Atomic Weight Melting Point
#1 Tungsten Making bullets and missiles 183.84 u 3422°C / 6192 °F
#2 Steel Construction of railroads, roads, other infrastructure and appliances n/a 1371°C / 2500°F
#3 Chromium Manufacturing stainless steel 51.96 u 1907°C / 3465°F,
#4 Titanium In the aerospace Industry, as a lightweight material with strength 47.87 u 1668°C / 3032°F
#5 Iron Used to make bridges, electricity, pylons, bicycle chains, cutting tools and rifle barrels 55.85 u 1536°C / 2800°F
#6 Vanadium 80% of vanadium is alloyed with iron to make steel shock and corrosion resistance 50.942 u 1910°C / 3470°F
#7 Lutetium Used as catalysts in petroleum production. 174.96 u 1663 °C / 3025°F
#8 Zirconium Used in nuclear power stations. 91.22 u 1850°C / 3.362°F
#9 Osmium Added to platinum or indium to make them harder. 190.2 u 3000°C / 5,400°F
#10 Tantalum Used as an alloy due to its high melting point and anti-corrosion. 180.94 u 3,017°C / 5462°F

Out of the Forge and into Tech: Metals for the Future

While these metals help to forge the modern world, there is a new class of metals that are set to create a new future.

Rare Earth elements (REEs) are a group of metals do not rely on their strength, but instead their importance in applications in new technologies, including those used for green energy.

Metal Uses
Neodymium Magnets containing neodymium are used in green technologies such as the manufacture of wind turbines and hybrid cars.
Lanthanum Used in catalytic converters in cars, enabling them to run at high temperatures
Cerium This element is used in camera and telescope lenses.
Praseodymium Used to create strong metals for use in aircraft engines.
Gadolinium Used in X-ray and MRI scanning systems, and also in television screens.
Yttrium, terbium, europium Making televisions and computer screens and other devices that have visual displays.