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Why is magnesia used in bricks?
  • Time:Jun 09, 2023
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Magnesia (magnesium oxide) is used in bricks primarily for its excellent thermal and chemical properties, which make it well-suited for high-temperature applications where other materials may fail. Magnesia-based bricks are known as magnesite or magnesia bricks.

Some of the key reasons why magnesia is used in bricks include:

1.High melting point: Magnesia has a very high melting point (around 2,800°C/5,072°F), making it ideal for use in furnaces, kilns, and other high-temperature equipment.

2.Excellent thermal stability: Magnesia retains its strength and thermal stability at high temperatures, making it resistant to thermal shock and deformation.

3.Corrosion resistance: Magnesia is highly resistant to chemical corrosion and erosion, making it suitable for use in harsh environments where other materials may fail.

4.Low thermal conductivity: Magnesia has a low thermal conductivity, which helps to reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency.

5.Availability and affordability: Magnesia is a relatively abundant mineral and is widely available, making it an affordable option for refractory applications.

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Overall, the unique properties of magnesia make it a valuable material for use in refractory bricks, particularly in high-temperature industrial applications where resistance to thermal and chemical stress is critical.

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