Typical properties of die-molded carbon and graphites
- Low wear and long-term stability
Our die-molded carbons and graphites boast low material wear and thereby long service life. We offer a variety of types to allow us to respond to different frame conditions.
- Safety from temperature and thermal shock resistance
Of all known materials, graphite has the highest thermal shock resistance. Thanks to their high purity, SIGRAFINE materials of graphite and carbon-graphite contribute significantly to process reliability.
- Adjustable expansion behavior
Good physical compatibility of the materials employed is also relevant. To achieve this they must display the same or similar thermal expansion coefficients. By targeted selection of formula components, we can set the coefficient of expansion of our SIGRAFINE specialty graphite to the values of the relevant partner material.
- Thermal conductivity – a key property
SIGRAFINE materials also boast excellent thermal conductivity, which is usually more pronounced in graphite than in the surrounding components, thereby preventing overheating and excessive abrasion, and extending the service life of the system.
Application competency and materials consulting
Many factors influence wear behavior: material pairing, sliding speed, strain, finish of bearing surfaces and operating conditions. We take a holistic view of the tribological system to find the material solution best suited to your specific requirements.
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Applications where die-molded carbon and graphite is used
Outstanding mechanical, thermal and chemical properties make our specialty graphite the go-to choice for a multitude of automotive and mechanical-engineering applications.
Fine-grain graphite manufacturing
The outstanding properties of our SIGRAFINE graphite and carbons – corrosion and thermal resistance, gliding ability, electrical conductivity, among others – are benefits of our special production process (shown below).
The seven phases from high quality raw material to final product ensure consistent composition of the crystalline graphite structure; targeted changes to the process steps and the formulation needed to influence the behavior of the material according to need. This opens the door to near-net-shape pressing, a potential cost savings driver.
Metal, phosphate, and synthetic resin impregnations improve physical properties, reduce wear and increase thermal resistance. We impregnate our SIGRAFINE specialty graphites with metals and metal alloys such as antimony as well as synthetic resins and salts.
We can implement pressed-to-size technology (PTS) in many areas: Near-net-shape pressings make it possible to manufacture complex component parts in large numbers at low materials usage. Since mechanical end machining is entirely or largely unnecessary, this process is especially cost-efficient.