Phlogopite mica grades are effective reinforcing additives yielding performance benefits and cost advantages. Usage of mica additives enhances design flexibility, surface appearance and provides a cost advantage.
The Suzorite family of Phlogopite mica products includes processed ore grades as well as highly delaminated and purified mica products available in a variety of product sizes to meet customer requirements in reinforced plastic, brake pad, joint cement fireproofing and sound vibration damping applications.
Phlogopite mica has long been the material of choice for dimensional stability, increased stiffness and improved heat distortion temperature of plastic composites used in automotive applications. Well recognized for its reinforcing and barrier properties, as well as its chemical inertness, Phlogopite mica is also used as a sound and vibration-damping additive in polymeric and asphalt based coatings for under-the-carpet automotive applications.
Because of its distinct thermal stability advantage over competitive materials, Phlogopite mica is used to impart rigidity in technological and high-temperature plastic applications, improving the physical properties of polypropylene, polyethylene, PBT, PET, PPO and nylon composites.
Lab studies show improvements in key performance properties including elasticity, rupture and water resistance. These benefits can be expanded into other resin-based composites such as polypropylene, PVC, ABS and their recycles.
Phlogopite Mica is used as a partial or complete substitute for asbestos in fire retardation. It is also used in friction materials, oil well drilling needs, caulking and molding compounds, coatings, plasters and plastics.
Plastic Composites: Substantially increases stiffness and heat resistance, while promoting dimensional stability and improving electrical insulation properties.
Sound Deadening: Creates barriers to sound vibration transmission and offers weight reduction versus other minerals.
Stucco and Textured Coatings: Builds texture and viscosity, controls shrinkage, and reduces cracking.
Paint and Coatings: Provides improved barrier properties (MVT), promotes adhesion, reduces cracking and checking.
Adhesives and Sealants: Controls shrinkage and reduces cracking.
Oil Well Drilling: Promotes circulation of drill and material, fills pores in drilling holes, and reduces voids in circumferentially drilled media.
Brake Pads: Provides heat resistance for rotor and drum, while being less abrasive than metals. Also reduces brake noise.
Fire Suppresent Powders: Serves as an anti-caking additive, which improves flow and deters cohesion.