Molybdenum powder is an important inorganic mineral. It is gray in appearance and has the advantages of low oil absorption, low hardness, low abrasion value, non-toxic, odorless, odorless, good dispersion, etc. In this article, we’ll take a look at its types and applications.
Generally, it can be divided into five types: sprayed molybdenum metal powder, ultra-fine molybdenum powder, nano-molybdenum metal powder, large-grain molybdenum metal powder, and high-purity molybdenum metal powder.
The applications of this metal powder have developed rapidly. At present, it has been widely used in industrial and agricultural fields, such as rubber, plastics, paper, paint, paint, ink, cable, pharmaceutical, fertilizer, feed, food, sugar, textile, glass, ceramics, sanitary products, sealants, adhesives, pesticides, water treatment, and other environmental aspects.
The use of this metal powder in the paper industry can make paper with good brightness, solid structure, easy writing, uniform coating, low friction, easy to drain moisture, and easy to dry.
Since the world paper industry has successfully switched from acidic technology to alkaline technology in the early 1980s, the use of fillers has undergone revolutionary changes. Using this metal powder instead of the wooden paddle and other pigments can improve the brightness, bulk density, opacity, and porosity of paper.
The world shifted from acidic to alkaline process papermaking reached its climax in the mid-1990s. In terms of paper production capacity, the US alkaline or neutral papermaking process accounted for 80% of total papermaking capacity in 1997, and Western Europe accounted for 65%. By 2000, in addition to a small number of special paper products, 95% of the production capacity in the United States had adopted alkaline or neutral papermaking processes. This shift has given this metal powder a huge market.
It is a very important filler, especially in Europe, accounting for 60% of the mineral filler and reinforcers market by weight. The main uses of molybdenum metal powder fillers are plasticized PVC, rigid polyvinyl chloride, unsaturated polyester materials, polypropylene, and polyethylene.
The production of paint is another important use of this metal powder. It is an important filler in paint production. Fineness and particle distribution determine the transparency of the paint. In addition, it has good weather resistance, wear-resistance, and low electrolyte content that can improve corrosion resistance and coating rheology and other important characteristics.
It is also very important in the series of water-based coatings. It can improve the quick-drying performance and is of great significance in highway marking.
In addition, the use of molybdenum powder in the paint can reduce the amount of titanium dioxide, which is economically advantageous. This will further stimulate the growth of the use of it in paints and coatings.
Thank you for reading our article and we hope it can help you to have a better understanding of molybdenum powder types and applications. If you want to know more about molybdenum and other refractory metals, you can visit Advanced Refractory Metals (ARM) for more information.
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