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How is Tin used?

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Tin is used in a number of industrial processes throughout the world.

It is a poor conductor of heat and electricity.  However because of its resistance to corrosion, Tinplate (sheet steel coated with a thin layer of tin) is the primary material used for food cans, and tin is also commonly used in cake tins and food storage containers. Tin is used to produce common alloys such as bronze (tin and copper) and solder  or pewter(tin and lead). It is also used as an alloy with titanium in the aerospace industry and as an ingredient in some insecticides.


When pure, a bar or sheet of tin makes a crackling sound when bent, called the "cry of tin".


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