Inconel, when heated, forms a thick yet stable oxide layer that protects its outer surface from further attack. This makes it the ideal choice for extreme temperature and pressure applications, where steel and aluminum would succumb to thermal creep. Available in numerous grades, the Inconel alloys exhibit shifting characteristics with slight variations in their chemistry. In its more basic form, typical applications would include the food industry and heat treatment components. When alloyed with other elements, however, further strengthening and stiffening permits its use in the more demanding areas of the marine, aerospace and chemical processing industries. Alloyed to its peak performance, Inconel then becomes the material of choice in the most critical environments of turbine blades, rocket engines and key nuclear industry components.