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26 MarqFJA25th Nov 2013 09:27:56 PM from Saudi Arabia , Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
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Has anyone ever tried alloying iron with gold into some sort of "goldsteel"?
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27 SeptimusHeap25th Nov 2013 09:53:21 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
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If memory serves, gold and iron are two metals that can't form an alloy.
28 Euodiachloris26th Nov 2013 04:43:31 AM from England (Oop North) , Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
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[up]Yup: you'd have to mix an unholy cocktail of metals just to get iron interested in vaguely going near gold. By which point, you're not talking a lot of gold — but are talking a lump of something you can't do much with. <_<

Alloys tend to work better if you're using metals that are at least close enough on the periodic table for government work.

edited 26th Nov '13 4:44:10 AM by Euodiachloris

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Well, actually you're talking about solubility where the electro negativity is one factor. The way the atoms are packed and atomic size are also factors (thus steel: carbon atoms are so small that they go in between the iron atoms).

Though solubility is not the whole story: some very insoluble solutes (alloys are solid solutions: think salt in water but instead think ice) can have a large impact on the properties even in minute amounts: tin and silver in aluminum alloys for example.
@Marq: Is this close enough? Not actually an alloy with steel, but basically the same idea.
31 Joesolo2nd Mar 2014 03:08:24 PM , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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not sure if this thing's even still active, but anyone good with classifying electrolytes? I'm supposed to classify several and I don't quite get what your supposed to do to sort between strong/weak/non-electrolytes.
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