Graphite Anode Manufacturing Process
American Carbon Company is a place where precision meets innovation in the realm of graphite anode manufacturing. As a leading provider of advanced materials and solutions, we specialize in crafting high-quality graphite anodes tailored to meet the unique needs of various industries.
Our highly advanced graphite anode manufacturing process ensures the dependability, performance, and sustainability required for your specific applications.
Our Graphite Anode Manufacturing Process
An impervious graphite cannot be created in a blink of an eye; it needs preparation and processing to be able to support big structures and make strong foundations. Let’s have a look at the manufacturing process of BADGERCOMP Graphite Anodes at American Carbon Company:
First things first, we understand the critical role that material selection plays in the performance of industrial Grade Graphite Anodes. Our team of experts meticulously chooses the highest-quality graphite materials to ensure superior conductivity, durability, and resistance to harsh environments.
Powder and Paste Preparation
The second step comprises various sub-steps:
Raw Material Storage
Raw materials such as petroleum coke, pitch coke, carbon black, natural graphite, and secondary graphite scrap are stored in dedicated silos. It ensures a consistent supply of raw materials for the synthetic graphite manufacturing process.
Raw materials undergo grinding in crushers and ball mills to produce a fine powder, which reduces the raw materials to a suitable size for subsequent processing and enhances uniform mixing.
The resulting powder is conditioned based on particle size distribution. It achieves the desired particle size distribution for the subsequent blending process.
The powder is blended with a binder (coal tar pitch or petroleum pitch) to create a paste that forms a homogeneous mixture that can be shaped and processed into the desired synthetic graphite product.
The pasty mixture is compacted using extrusion, vibro-molding, or cold isostatic pressing, which gives the mixture a defined shape and structure suitable for further processing.
This step forces the pasty mixture through a die, producing long products with regular cross-section and creating rods, bars, plates, or tubes with isotropic properties.
Here, the vibration is utilized to compact the mixture, suitable for large-dimensional products. It enhances isotropy compared to extrusion, producing shaped bodies with more uniform properties.
Cold Isostatic Pressing
Here, the pressure is applied from multiple directions through a liquid medium to compact the mixture at room temperature. This step produces materials with a uniform anisotropic structure.
Now, the compacted parts are heat-treated in an anaerobic baking furnace at temperatures between 900 and 1200°C. It initiates carbonization, decomposing the binder into elemental carbon and creating pores.
During baking, carbonization occurs, leading to the thermal decomposition of the binder and the formation of pores. It establishes the foundation for the subsequent steps in the graphite anode manufacturing process.
The volume of the binder is higher than the volume of the formed carbon, resulting in the formation of pores, which determines the total relative volume of porosity based on the quantity of the binder.
Carbon parts are impregnated, which enhances density and reduces porosity, improving the mechanical properties of the synthetic graphite.
Selection of Pitch
Impregnation is typically done with a lower viscosity than the original binder pitch to ensure better filling of gaps and improved impregnation of the carbon structure.
For high-density graphite grades, the carbon parts may undergo the baking, pitch impregnation, and rebaking cycles several times. It achieves the desired level of density and imperviousness for specific applications.
Shaped, baked, pitch-impregnated, and rebaked parts are heat-treated at extremely high temperatures (2700 to 3000°C). It induces crystallization, transforming amorphous precursor carbon into crystalline graphite.
Amorphous precursor carbon crystallizes during graphitization, which results in the transformation of physical properties, accompanying the change from amorphous to crystalline graphite.
Graphitization purifies graphite by vaporizing impurities such as binder residues, gasses, oxides, and sulfur, leading to enhanced quality and properties of the final synthetic graphite material.
As a final step, the graphitized articles undergo a series of tests and inspections for corrosion resistance and thermal conductivity. This step ensures the quality and reliability of the synthetic graphite material before use in applications.
Although the material has excellent corrosion resistance and thermal conductivity, additional processes like phenolic resin impregnation are required for total imperviousness. It addresses porosity concerns and enhances the imperviousness of the synthetic graphite.
Phenolic Resin Impregnation
Raw graphite bars are placed in drying chambers at 110°C until all moisture is removed, which ensures that the graphite bars are dry before the impregnation process.
Dry bars are placed in autoclaves, and a vacuum is applied to remove moisture and air from pores and create optimal conditions for resin penetration and impregnation.
Phenolic resin is introduced under high pressure to penetrate the graphite bars to achieve deep impregnation by filling all pores with resin.
After impregnation, excess resin is transferred back, and pressure is released. This ensures that the impregnation process is controlled and excess resin is removed.
Resin-impregnated bars are heated, causing polymerization of the phenolic resin, which forms a cross-linked, solid, and durable polymer, encapsulating steam bubbles.
At specific temperatures, polycondensation occurs, forming ether and methylene groups. It strengthens the polymer structure and ensures the complete impregnation of graphite.
A three-dimensional, cross-linked, solid, and durable polymer is created. It provides outstanding chemical resistance and long-term mechanical strength.
Phenolic resin-impregnated graphite pieces undergo tests and inspections before machining and manufacturing equipment parts. This confirms the quality, chemical resistance, and mechanical strength of the impregnated graphite.
We understand the critical role that material selection plays in the performance of graphite anodes. Our team of experts meticulously chooses the highest-quality graphite materials to ensure superior conductivity, durability, and resistance to harsh environments.
Tailoring graphite anodes to your exact specifications is our forte. Whether you require standard sizes or custom dimensions, our design team will collaborate with you to create a solution that optimally fits your application.
Advanced Manufacturing Techniques
Leveraging cutting-edge manufacturing techniques, we guarantee precision and consistency in every graphite anode we produce. Our automated graphite anode manufacturing process ensure uniformity and reliability, meeting the highest industry standards.
Quality is at the core of our graphite anode manufacturing process. Our quality control measures are implemented at every stage, from raw material inspection to the final product. We adhere to international standards, providing you with confidence in the reliability of our graphite anodes.
Why Choose Us for High-Quality Industrial Anodes?
We stay at the forefront of technological advancements, incorporating the latest innovations into our graphite anode manufacturing process.
Our anode manufacturers works closely with clients to understand their unique requirements, delivering tailor-made graphite anodes for diverse applications.
Our commitment to quality ensures that our graphite anodes perform consistently and reliably in demanding environments.
We prioritize eco-friendly graphite manufacturing practices, minimizing our environmental footprint while delivering high-performance solutions.
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The next step is machining the rods to tolerance, for American Carbon’s graphite anodes these tolerances are +1/4”, -0” on diameter and +1”, -0” on length. Some anodes are also predrilled for center connections.
The final step most rods undergo is impregnation by either wax or phenolic resin. Currently wax treatment is much more cost effective and more commonly used. Using a the correct grade of paraffin wax, American Carbon impregnates the graphite anodes to 100% wax impregnation with the use of a vacuum pressure tank which impregnates quicker and more evenly than traditional hot wax open air tanks. This paraffin wax is an excellent barrier to moisture and premature deterioration of the anode due to water infiltration.