What is Sodium Silicate used in?
Russian president demanded that exports of Russian gas to "unfriendly" countries be settled in rubles. The demand has raised concerns in Germany about possible supply disruptions and the impact on industry and households if utilities do not pay in robles. Europe gets about 40% of its gas from Russia. Last year, Europe imported about 155 billion cubic meters. Germany, Europe's largest economy, depends heavily on Russian gas.
The chief executive of Germany's E.ON said the German economy would face "significant damage, which should be avoided if possible" without Russian supplies. He also said it would take Germany three years to wean itself off Russian gas.
In the event of a supply disruption, Germany's gas network regulator would prioritize home heating over industrial use, so energy-hungry manufacturers such as steelmakers would be the first to suffer, he said.
The volatile international situations will continue to affect the markets and prices of many commodities like the sodium silicate.
Soaps and detergent
Sodium silicate has the ability to enhance surface effects, such as wetting with organic surfactants (reducing surface tension), helping to keep small dirt or oil particles suspended in the detergent, or enhancing the ability to remove dirt from the surface.
The alkalinity of sodium silicate enables it to neutralize acidic soil and promote the emulsification of oil and the dispersion of protein.
Sodium silicate as a cardboard coating can increase the hardness of the cardboard and increase its resistance to moisture, fire, grease and pests. Silicate can also be used as an oil repellent alone.
Sodium silicate can be used as a primer for the application of auxiliary materials such as paraffin, naphthalene chloride, wax, gum, nitrocellulose, varnish and other cardboard coatings. It fills the pores of the cardboard and reduces the water absorption of the paper, thus reducing the amount of topcoat required.
Soluble silicate can be used as cement binder. When Portland is combined with cement components, they will undergo chemical reactions to form substances with strong bonding properties. It can also be used to improve the durability of concrete.
Soluble silicate is used in many mineral enrichment processes. The main use of sodium silicate in ore flotation is as an antiflocculant to disperse unwanted siliceous substances. Only a small amount of silicate with a concentration similar to that used in cleaning operations is required. The ability of silicate to form a sodium ion layer on the particle surface is important for preparing the surface for specific separation. Sodium silicate helps to prevent corrosion, thereby reducing ball wear in the mill.
Dilute anionic silica aqueous solution provided by soluble silicate can inhibit the corrosion of metal surface.
As an additive in water, dissolved SiO2 can prevent corrosion of metal storage tanks and distribution lines. It reduces corrosion of pumps and pipelines by acidic water (for example, from mine drainage); reduces corrosion during ball rod mill grinding; and minimizes corrosion of process equipment as an ingredient in spray drying, agglomeration or dry mixed detergent formulations; and metal parts in laundry and dishwashing equipment. As a component of the liquid in the ‘permanent’ automobile cooling system. As an additive for water treatment compounds in boilers and cooling towers.
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Since the beginning of this year, China's macro policies have made continuous efforts to stabilize economic growth. America and Europe are raising interest rates to control inflation. On March the European Central Bank left its three key interest rates unchanged and began to scale back its asset-purchase programme. Then the Federal Reserve raised the target range of the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 0.25%-0.5%. The accelerated tightening of monetary policies in the US and Europe pushed capital back to the US and increased interest rates, which will definitely increase the risk of RMB depreciation and capital outflow. The price and market of the sodium silicate will also be affected, resulting in a range of fluctuations. You are welcome to contact us for the latest quotation of sodium silicate.