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Molybdenum Applications in Various Industries
1. Physical properties of molybdenum
Molybdenum is present in various ores, but is often extracted from molybdenite(
2. Molybdenum used in steel industry
About three-fourths of the world demand for molybdenum comes from the steel industry. Molybdenum is an important alloying agent in steel production. It can increase the toughness of stainless steel and improve its resistance to high temperatures. It also increases the corrosion resistance of stainless steel.
High-grade stainless steel usually contains molybdenum in an amount from 0.25 to 8%. It is estimated that about 20% new or virgin molybdenum recovered from mined ore is mainly used to make molybdenum-bearing high grade stainless steel.In the global stainless market, the 316 grade is the major moly-bearing grade, with 2-3% Mo content or so.
3. Molybdenum used in refining petroleum
The petroleum industry is an important sector for the global economy because it supports other industries. The petroleum sector provides key raw materials for the manufacture of chemical products such as pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, polymers, organic solvents and insecticides.
There are numerous catalysts required in the processes involved in the petroleum refining. In the past, homogenous catalysts were used because of their availability. However, they were later on substituted by more affordable materials, one of which is molybdenum. Molybdenum applications in the petroleum industry makes the process more environment-
4. Other molybdenum applications
Molybdenum products have other applications in other areas such as the production of electrodes for glass furnaces and as a filament material in electrical products. Recently more molybdenum applications are being exploited, for instance, it is likely to be use in new-type plant nutrition and nuclear technology, apart from the traditional fields like aerospaceconstruction, power generation and manufacture of consumer goods.
There are many high technology products that require molybdenum, such as medical equipment, jet engines, semi-conductors, pigments, lubricants, and even pharmaceutical products. Today, the wide range of molybdenum applications makes this element a rare and precious commodity in the minerals market.
By Stanford Advanced Materials http://www.samaterials.com
Stanford Advanced Materials (SAM) Corporation is a global supplier of a series of pure metals, alloys, ceramics and minerals such as oxides, chlorides, sulfides, oxysalts, etc. Our headquarter, located in Irvine, California, USA, was first established in 1994, starting to provide high-quality rare-earth products for research and development (R&D).
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