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Crystalline flake graphite: utilization and impact in the industry

Graphite is a mineral that can be obtained naturally but also artificially. artificially. It is one of the most stable allotropic forms of carbon and has a wide range of industrial uses. It is one of the most stable allotropic forms of carbon and has a wide range of applications due to its characteristics.

Crystalline flake graphite: utilization and impact in the industry

Graphite is a mineral that can be obtained both naturally and artificially. It is one of the most stable allotropic forms of carbon and has many applications due to its characteristics, but what is the use of crystalline flake graphite?

The countries that are the main producers of natural graphite with important deposits are China, India and Brazil. In this sense, natural graphite can be classified as crystalline (either flake or vein) and amorphous.

The crystalline flake graphite is so named because it is found in the form of flat sheets with a flaky appearance. The flakes are crystallized in metamorphic rocks such as quart, marble, mica, etc. It is composed of 70 to 96% fixed carbon.

It is important to mention that this type of graphite is formed when organic matter already existing in sedimentary rocks is converted into graphite by high temperatures and medium pressures.

When graphite is in very high concentrations, the rocks can be extracted, crushed until the graphite flakes are released and separated by specific gravity or flotation.

Crystalline flake graphite uses

Although crystalline flake graphite is primarily used for the manufacture of graphene, an extremely tough material, there are other applications that are important to note. It is applied mainly in places where it is necessary to use pulverized particulars. If they are processed in a certain way, they can be used to make graphene.

  • If processed in a certain way it can create additives that are applied for some greases, epoxy conductive flooring, as well as linotype machinery, etc.
  • It is mainly used for the preparation of graphene, one of the toughest materials known in nature, harder than diamond but considerably lighter and more flexible.
  • Flake graphite is also used in batteries and fuel cells due to its electrical conductivity.
  • It is present in friction applications due to its self-lubricating properties such as bearings and seals but is also used for the manufacture of dry and suspension lubricants.
  • It is an important compound in rubber as well as in pencil lead.

Graphite has been an indispensable material for industry since time immemorial, so that today we can find it in almost all devices and products of our daily life: from the health sector, to construction or in simpler things such as television control batteries.

Thanks to crystalline flake graphite, graphene can be manufactured, as we have already mentioned, one of the greatest technological achievements and one that has brought countless advantages.

There are more and more uses of graphite that can be applied to multiple industries, so in ESGRAF we have a wide range of products to solve the specific needs of each project. We have lubricants, electrodes, dye, graphite powder, crucibles, lances, flux tubes, among many other products.

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