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Graphite is a non-metallic mineral, discover its advantages for general industry

The properties of graphite are exploited by using it in the railway industry, agricultural machinery and other industries as a natural lubricant to prevent wear between parts and improve their performance. Unlike the metallurgical industry, which uses it as a refractory element and thus increases thermal shock.

Graphite is a non-metallic mineral, discover its advantages for general industry

Graphite is a non-metallic mineral and is an element that can be extracted through mining or created synthetically.

As a result, the non-metallic mining industry has played a key role in the process and especially in the different uses of graphite in other industries.

Therefore, knowing the benefits of the resource such as it is a non-metallic mineral, how it is processed and what uses it is put to, is vital to understanding its importance.

Benefits in industry due to graphite being a non-metallic mineral

To understand the relevance that this property has, we must know what are non-metallic minerals, basically they are mineral deposits, also enter here the rocks that are formed in turn of several minerals, which are transformed into products for other industries. These are the characteristics of non-metallic mineral resources:

  • Not having metals in their structure
  • They usually do not shine
  • In some cases they can be flimsy, according to their constitution.
  • They are used as insulators
  • Their consistency is less than that of metallic minerals.

It is important to mention that because is a non-metallic mineral, they have three states: solid, liquid and gaseous. For example, some of these minerals are: sulfur or marble, clay or gravel, and carbon from which graphite is made.

These elements are indispensable for different industries such as: construction, glass and ceramics, plastics and paper, chemical and electrical. Because they allow them to manufacture various products within these industries or to use the elements to improve the performance of their processes. For example, from charcoal which is a non-metallic mineral, graphite is extracted, which has a myriad of properties.

Characteristics and advantages of graphite

These are the five main characteristics of graphite, because it is a non-metallic mineral:

  1. It has a shiny black color.
  2. It is refractory
  3. It is an excellent conductor of electricity
  4. Heat conductor
  5. Resistant to thermal shock

Its advantages are

  • It can be natural or synthetic
  • Can be transformed from solid to gaseous, as it does not melt
  • When electricity is used on graphite, wear is reduced.
  • It is an excellent natural lubricant
  • Graphite can be in block, sheet, large grain, powder or fine grain form, etc.
  • It increases mechanical properties if you raise the temperature.
  • Graphite helps to remove some materials, give them a better finish or if you require very precise work, it is ideal for them.
  • Surfaces have a better finish when the consistency increases.
  • According to the type of shape the graphite has, it is used to mechanize some processes and obtain better results.

As a consequence, graphite which is a non-metallic mineral, also became a key element to improve the performance of various parts.

According to the Department of Economy_, the mining-metallurgical sector in Mexico contributes with 4 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product.

It also mentions that Mexico is among the top 10 producers of 16 minerals, including graphite. For example, in the mobile industry, graphite is used in batteries as a conductor, lubricant and to eliminate wear. For the automotive industry, it is used in wiper blades or gaskets to keep the engine running properly.

The properties of graphite are exploited by using it in the railroad industry, agricultural machinery and other industries as a natural lubricant to prevent wear between parts and improve their performance. Unlike the metallurgical industry, which uses it as a refractory element and thus increases thermal shock.

And finally, in the chemical industry it is used to make rubbers or different fibers to make other products.

Conclusions

Graphite is a non-metallic mineral that has multiple uses for different industries and that according to the need that each one has, the element can be molded to be used in the most demanding applications.