Lead is a material used in everyday life all over the world. It comes in many different sizes and shapes depending on its use. Its versatility and protective qualities make it a material in high demand.
Though all different forms of lead materials can be of great use to a number of industries, the most common and useful form of lead is the lead sheet.
Lead sheets are an important product, most of the time made from pure lead. These sheets have great importance in chemical and radiation related industries, as lead metal is highly resistant against a wide variety of chemicals, as well as x-rays and gamma rays. Lead sheets are built into walls of doctor’s offices, hospitals, and laboratories, as well as storage containers and aprons, to protect both doctors and patients from the harmful radiation and contamination associated with the medical field.
Lead sheets that are used in chemical, medical, and building related industries are generally either made from pure lead, or a mixture called lead-antimonial alloy. Calcium-lead and calcium-lead-tin are also suitable combinations for many applications of lead sheets as well.
As you can imagine, the benefits of lead sheets are considerable. For one, lead is a rugged, flexible, and long lasting material, that has considerable aesthetic appeal. Due to its benefits, lead is gaining great popularity in a number of industries. For example, the roofing business no longer considers lead use for traditional applications such as churches and historic buildings. Architects have been won over by the attractive and long lasting properties of lead sheets for modern buildings, both for roofing and the vertical cladding of external walls.
The high density and limpness of lead sheets make lead a very effective material for reducing the transmission of noise through partitions and doors of lightweight construction. Often the lead sheets are bonded to plywood or other building boards for convenience of handling. Current developments include employing lead sheets for the reduction of industrial noise, and from engines of all sorts. A particular advantage to this use of lead sheets is that the high density of the material creates a need for relatively thin layers to suppress the transmission of sound.