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Chris DiPaolo

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Beat the Heat: 2 Ways to Improve Oxidation Resistance of Carbon Graphite Materials

As engineers develop designs that push the boundaries of what’s possible, they search for new materials, or adaptations of materials, that can withstand increasingly extreme environments. Many new designs need materials that can endure extreme temperatures for long stretches of time, like seals and bearings that go into ovens, rockets, and turbines that can see temperatures above 1000°F. These temperatures wreak havoc on most traditional materials, rendering them expensive to replace or dangerous to operate.

Even a more durable material like carbon graphite experiences material degradation when exposed to extreme heat. The culprit is oxidation (reaction shown below):

How Antimony Works to Effectively Seal Low Viscosity Fluids

Manufacturers have struggled with proper sealing of low viscosity fluids for years. Effectively stopping materials like Freon refrigerants, liquid oxygen, propane, and acetone are vital to production for industry leaders. Luckily, there's now a solution to this (un)impenetrable problem: antimony-impregnated carbon graphite.

7 High Temp Applications for High-Performance Materials

New materials these days can perform under an incredible amount of stress, and many of them perform vital roles in the daily grind of our communities and businesses. The quality of materials has had to improve to keep up with the increasingly complex environments that materials are put through. One of the most taxing elements that would tear down traditional materials is heat. These days, modern mechanical parts perform incredible feats everywhere from rocket ships to ovens. Here are some applications where new high-performance parts have replaced traditional materials, so that when they find themselves in hot water, they’re actually quite at home:

How Graphite Helps Aerospace Engineers Push the Limits

The aerospace industry leaves no margin for error, demanding materials that can withstand high altitudes, high speeds, and extreme temperatures upwards of 1,000 degrees to meet the strict safety requirements of the industry.