Iron Powders for Chemical Applications

Iron powders may be used in many different chemical applications from the production of magnetic paints to production of Iron salts (Nitrate, Sulfate, ..). Iron powders also play a role in the recycling of industrial chemicals and are utilized in steel plants and the pharmaceutical industry.

For some applications there is more or less no alternative to iron powder. Such applications often have special requirements for specific properties and stringent demands for consistency. In other applications the high surface area and/or purity of iron powder are a major concern. In many cases iron powder can offer more cost-effective solutions compared to alternative methods. Savings are often the result of increased productivity and lower cost.

Application Examples

Iron powder is used to manufacture ferric/ferrous chloride, which is used in water purification and other applications. Magnetite or Black Iron Oxide also have the same uses

Iron powder is an important part of oxygen-absorbing “active packs” which are used to retain the freshness of foods.

A normal acetylene-oxygen flame cannot generate sufficient heat to cut materials such as stainless steel, due to the formation of heat-resistant slag. Powder cutting, in which iron powder is added to the flame has a twofold effect. The temperature increases, due to the burning of the iron powder, and the heat-resistant slag is diluted, which lowers the melting temperature.

Iron powder can be added to polymers for many different purposes, such as making injection-molded or extruded components magnetic. Other possible objectives include increases in weight, heat conductivity or sound-absorbing qualities.

Iron powder is a promising material for the removal of sulfur from gasified fuels and waste. This way, most of the sulfur can be removed before the gases are used for production of electrical energy or liquid fuel.

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