For heating applications above 1000℉, refractory products are used because they are more heat resistant than metals. Refractories come in different shapes, chemistries and densities. These include the use of ceramic blanket, ceramic board, bulk fibers, textiles, gaskets and seals, and many more.
In order to contain substances at extreme heat, plants and factories require using extensive type of refractory materials like ceramic blanket, boards, fibers and textiles for various requirements and under variable, extreme conditions.
Refractories are available in two categories, formed and unformed. They are useful in a lot of industrial applications. The glass and ceramics products we use every day are created using extremely high temperatures. Refractories used in this industry have different kinds of requirements. One of the most important qualities of these materials is being nonporous, since molten glass has the tendency to go through the refractory pores. So in contact areas, fused refractories are utilized to solve the issue. Specialized products are required for insulating machinery and equipment in the manufacturing process. This is where the expertise of FibreCast in manufacturing high temperature applications like the ceramic blanket, board and gasket which play an integral role. With the increasing demand for global production and distribution of thermal ceramics and glass, growth in this industry is expected to escalate. High transportation costs of flat and container glass over distances results in localized production.
Of all the refractory material being manufactured, the iron and steel industry consumes more than 60% of the market. Refractory products are very important in the steel making process, from ovens to blast furnaces and reheat furnaces. This industry is faced with multiple challenges brought by the properties of molten metals. Metals in liquid state can damage machinery, pose danger to the working environment, and disrupt the entire manufacturing process. FibreCast have proven expertise in developing refractory products and providing specialized high temperature insulation solutions. We manufacture refractories that adapt to multiple industrial processes and environments. For instance, the ceramic blanket or board used in the bottom of a furnace should withstand the extreme heat of molten metals while those near the top should provide high levels of abrasion and mechanical shock.
Another challenging application of refractories is in the complex process of manufacturing aluminum. This kind of metal has unique properties and it is in high demand for many projects. Unlike steel, molten aluminum can penetrate most refractory materials making them useless because of leakage. This is where the extensive R&D capability of FibreCast becomes very useful. We develop and install high temperature insulating materials including ceramic blanket and boards specially designed to come in contact with molten aluminum. They have non-wetting characteristics for successful application and longevity.
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