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Graphite Electrodes Steel is commonly recycled as it is able to be melted down and reused a number of times requiring the use of electric arc furnaces, which work best when run with graphite electrodes.
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Denver, PA  |  717-336-7507

At Weaver Industries we specialize in manufacturing machined graphite parts and products. Our goal is to ensure that our customers get the right tools for their applications. We are leaders in the industry for our graphite machining processes which include recycling and reclaiming machined electrodes. Custom molded urethane and high quality carbon graphite are only a few of our other capabilities.

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St. Marys, PA  |  814-781-1573

Morgan Advanced Materials & Technologies provides machined graphite, carbon graphite and graphite composite in a variety of forms, including bearings, seal rings, rotary vane compressors and meters, high-temperature parts, glass-handling parts and continuous casting products.

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Bellmawr, NJ  |  800-210-5000

At Mercer Gasket & Shim we are committed to continually improving our efficiency and effectiveness in order to better serve our customers. We pride ourselves on speed & flexibility, offering 24-hour service & 100% on-time delivery. Our systems are created to be tailored to the needs of each customer.

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Mercer Gasket & Shim $$$

Asbury, NJ  |  908-537-2155

Asbury Carbons is one of the world's largest processors and merchants of graphite in all forms. We offer graphite machining and graphite products such as graphite blocks, plates and rounds for markets, including fuel cells, sealing materials, powdered metallurgy, friction products and more. Visit our website or call our friendly customer service team, we are ready to help.

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Steel requires extreme temperatures in order to melt into liquid form to be used in other metal fabrication processes, and graphite is able to conduct electricity at even extremely high temperatures.

The electric arc furnaces themselves are large containers. The steel scraps for recycling are placed into the container and the roof is lowered. The graphite rods, or electrodes are components of the roof structure of the furnaces and are assembled into columns and attached to the roof. Depending on the manufacturer, the electrodes can be as small as 3 inches in diameter, or as large as 30 inches. This will also be dependent on the size of the furnace and the volume of material requiring melting.

The electrodes will reach up to 5000°F, half the temperature of the surface of the sun and therefore machined graphite must be used as it is the only material that can withstand such high temperatures and maintain its shape and structure, as well as continue to conduct electricity. The electrodes are attached to an electrical source and in turn generate that energy into heat.

Graphite electrodes are typically coated with siloxane fluid which is able to reduce oxidation at extreme temperatures. The different specifics of graphite electrodes are chosen based on various application considerations such as furnace design, power level, fume control system, scrap requirements and charging practice. These factors will help to determine the particle size, shape and length of the graphite electrodes.

Electrodes are typically formed using an extrusion process in order to maintain material integrity and form the desired length and shape. After the steel has melted as a result of the extreme temperatures, it is drained into vats and moved quickly to metal fabrication processes to be made into new metal products. Further uses for graphite electrodes include refining steel in ladle furnaces, smelting processes and for removing defects in castings and weldings.

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