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Graphite powder, characteristics and functions

Graphite is a mineral element with very particular characteristics. It is a form of pure carbon, as its fixed carbon content ranges from 75-100% depending on its natural or synthetic origin.

Graphite powder, characteristics and functions

Graphite is a mineral element with very particular characteristics. It is a form of pure carbon, since its fixed carbon content ranges from 75-100% depending on its natural or synthetic origin.

The uses of graphite are very varied. It is an excellent conductor of electricity, as well as resistant to high temperatures, in addition to having non-stick and self-lubricating properties.

There are different presentations of graphite, such as: graphite powder (natural and synthetic), graphite bars and blocks (synthetic).

What is powdered graphite and how is it obtained?

Powdered graphite is one of the most sold presentations and one that we come into contact with every day without realizing it. In addition, it has other applications that other versions of graphite would not have.

Powdered graphite is a pulverized and very fine presentation of graphite, obtained directly from mines (natural) or by carbonization of organic material (synthetic). Grinding of larger particles derived from cutting and machining of synthetic graphite provides a second source of this pulverized material.  The different types of powdered graphite include crystalline graphite, also known as flake graphite, flake graphite, amorphous graphite and synthetic graphite. Petroleum coke is not considered graphite, but it is a coal product in high demand in the industry, so it is also handled in powder of different granulometries.

Where powdered graphite is used.

Lubricants: Powdered graphite is very useful as a dry industrial lubricant or applied with a liquid vehicle. Powdered graphite is most commonly used to lubricate difficult hardware and mechanisms, such as locks, gears and furnace chains, where temperatures reach considerable extremes. Unlike other lubricants, graphite does not burn, nor does it develop smoke.

Coatings: In addition to lubricating, pulverized graphite helps protect surfaces from corrosion. Because this chemical process does not affect the graphite, it functions as a good extra coating for mechanisms that have already been lubricated, protecting them from corrosion.

Steelmaking: Graphite pellets are added to steel as an additive to modify its carbon content; it is applied directly during the smelting of steel and other metals, giving them different characteristics and uses.

Pencils: The finest pulverized graphite is mixed with other materials to make pencils, which we write with every day and have used since childhood.

ESGRAF is a company with more than 30 years in the sector commercializing graphite in different presentations, including powder. Each order or request made by customers is adjusted to the needs of their project through professional advice.