Graphite and Carbon
Recycling is a big part of our world today. While not everyone is a participant yet, the numbers are constantly growing. Global warming is becoming a real, immediate concern, and as a result, numerous consumers and businesses are doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint. To avoid completely using up all of the earth’s natural resources and to cut back on pollution recycling is a key step. And when it comes to industrial recycling, graphite is a big part of it. Not only is graphite an easy material to recycle, but it is able to assist in the recycling of a variety of other tough materials such as steel.
One of the biggest attributes of graphite is its ability to reach up to 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit without burning, melting or changing its chemical composition. This makes it the perfect material to be used in electric arc furnaces to help melt and recycle crap steel parts and mechanical parts. Graphite electrodes are attached to the roof of the furnace where it will run the process. The graphite is able to conduct electricity and generate the energy into heat that will reach temperatures high enough to get the steel in liquid form where it can be reused. Graphite itself can also be recycled many times by melting down the products and scraps; however the process can be slightly difficult to do without help of an experienced graphite recycler.
By simply using graphite to help recycle other products, and recycling the product itself we can use up fewer natural resources. In addition to its recycling benefits, graphite can be found in all kinds of industries being used in a wide range of applications. This material can be found in industries including chemical, electrical, nuclear, electronics, automotive, aerospace and mechanical industries. Some of the possible uses include paints, batteries, lubricants, brake linings and nuclear reactor moderators.