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Fluorphlogopite - synthetic mica

Synthetic mica - fluorphlogopite

Fluorphlogopite mica (also called artificial mica, synthetic mica crystal) belongs to artificial mica crystal of silicate. It is the mica crystal which is smelted in a platinum crucible at the condition of high temperature of 1500℃ and the condition of process and the material ratio is controlled strictly. 

The synthetic fluorine mica, fluorphlogopite KMg3(AlSi3O10)F2, contains no (OH)- of the natural phlogopite KMg3(AlSi3O10)(OH)2. The (OH)- is fully substituted with F- . Large fluorine mica crystals of high quality are grown by a Bridgman-Stockbarger method using platinum crucibles with seeds.

 

The synthetic mica's high temperature resistance, corrosion resistance and light transmission performance is beyond compare. It can work at the high temperature of 1100℃ for a long time without any reaction with strong acid and alkali, and it has the complete light transmittance(pure transparent). 

The fluorphlogopite mica has the following unique characteristics:

  • highly chemical stability (even in contact with concentrated hydrochloric or sulfuric acid)
  • excellent transmittance from UV to IR,
  • outgasing-free at high temperature in vacuum,
  • excellent electrical insulation,
  • high heat endurance (from -100 °C up to 1100 °C),
  • non-radioactive background,
  • insensitive to the conditions for long-term storage

which are much superior to that of natural mica.

The observation window of water level gauge on high pressure boiler is made of traditional natural mica, which is brown, bad light transmittance and temperature range at 200-700℃, especially its weak corrosion resistance. In thermal power plant, the steam drum water in boiler contains alkali. The natural mica, after the reaction with alkali and the wash by hot water, will be easily pilling, fouling and broken. The result of which is that the water level will not be clear at the short period of time (about 1to 2months), and after being broken, it extremely easy to cause the leakage.

 

Synthetic mica - fluorphlogopite

Fluorphlogopite mica does not react with acid-base solution and has not hydration reaction with water, so it is not layer, not dirty and no rupture. Under the long-term scour by high temperature and high pressure water, the fluorphlogopite mica can still maintain the original transparency and clarity. Fluorphlogopite mica has been widely applied as observation window of steam drum water level gauge of high pressure boiler.

The synthetic mica sheets are suitable for a variety of uses such as substrates of thin film, windows and monochromater for x-ray, neutron diffraction, microwave and optics, spacers of electrical vacuum devices, supporters at high temperature and water-gauges of high pressure boilers, and etc., which are important in modern industry and most advanced branches of science. Fluorphlogopite mica plates are used eg. in radar technology, electron microscopes and medical equipment, aerospace and electronic components.

Apart from the use of plates made of pure fluorphlogopite, synthetic mica is used in processed form. The main product is the mica paper obtained from synthetic mica, and it, in turn, is a base for the production of micanite platestapestubesparts etc used in temperatures up to 1100 °C.

Our trade offer includes both synthetic mica in the form of plates and discs as well as ground mica of various granulation degree: from powder (grains about 5 μm) to fine flakes (about 0.4 mm). More information on our webpage Synthetic mica.

Synthetic mica properties

Electric Performance
  The fluorphlogopite mica, because of its purity, has high body resistivity (1000 times higher than natural mica) and can be safely used at the temperature up to 1100°C. Natural mica, due to its impurity, has unstable electric performance, especially at high temperature and high frequency. When above 500°C, it will gradually lose the characteristics of original because of dehydration. 

Performance of Vacuum Deflation
  The vacuum deflation of fluorphlogopite mica is low, and only the absorbed gases such as O,  Nand Ar are detected by a mass spectrograph. As no vapor of H2O is emitted, it is recommendable as electric vacuum insulant with the vacuum components’ service life greatly prolonged. 
The natural mica gives off H2O and other volatiles, hence large vacuum deflation, 2000 times higher than fluorphlogopite mica at 900°C. 

Physical Performance
  Fluorphlogopite mica is not inclined to distortion and can bear big stress, tension and compression. 

Heat-resistance Performance
  Fluorphlogopite mica has superior thermal stability. It can be used up to 1100℃ with its thickness almost unchanged, and will decompose gradually at 1200℃. Its melting or crystallization temperature is (1350±5)℃. 
Natural mica, as containing (OH) -, tends to be agravic at 200℃, and begins to decompose above 450℃ while thickening, severely agravic above 600°C and almost completely decomposing at 900°C. Therefore, the use of natural mica is restricted. Synthetic mica is therefore recommended for high temperature applications up to 1100 ℃. It can also work in sub-zero temperatures to - 100 ℃.

Optical Performance
  Fluorphlogopite mica, because of its small impurity, it has good photopenetrativity from ultraviolet to infrared. Ultraviolet almost cannot penetrate natural mica, but can penetrate fluorphlogopite mica by nearly 0.2 microns. The natural mica has a distinct absorption peak at 2.75 microns, while fluorphlogopite mica has not, which is an important indication that fluorine replaces hydroxyl. So we can conclude that fluorphlogopite mica is a sort of good euphotic material from ultraviolet (0.2 microns) to infrared (4.5 microns). 

Photopenetrativity of fluorphlogopite mica
in UV and visual range in IR range
Fluorphlogopite transparency for UV and visual range Fluorphlogopite transparency for IR range

 

Anticorrosion

Fluorphlogopite mica will not react with common acid and alkali solutions, neither will it with water. For that reason, it will not become layered, dirty and disrupted. It will almost remain its original clarity and transparence after being washed by water (either acid or alkali) of high temperature and high pressure for a long time (2-3 years). 
Natural mica will become buff and hydrated after being washed by heated and pressurized water or overheated vapor for months. As a result, it becomes much less transparent and layered, dirty, even nontransparent and disrupted. Even long term immersion in hydrochloric or sulfuric acid is not a problem.

PROPERTIES
Type Units Parameter
Long run work temperature °C from -100 up to > 1100
Melting temperature °C  1350±5
Density  g/cm3 2,85
Dielectric strength kV/mm ~ 180
Dielectric constant (ε)    ~ 6
Dielectric loss (tg δ)  @ 1 Mhz    3 · 10-4
Volume resistivity Ω . cm  4 ·1016
Surface resistivity Ω . cm  3 · 1012
Tensile  strength kg/cm2 ~ 1 500
Elastic modulus kg/mm2 17 500
3-point bending strength    
 - at room temperature MPa 45.6
 - at temperature 200°C MPa 29,8
Refractive index   1.522 - 1.554
Comparison between synthetic and natural mica
 Synthetic micaNatural mica
Quality
consistency
Synthetic mica is synthesized by internal heat. All the raw materials for each batch and the formula can be controlled, which guarantees the quality consistency of each batch. Due to the mine is formed for millions of years, the quality of each mica mine is quite different. Even though in a same mine, the quality is hard to keep consistency. Thus, the quality of each batch is different.
Radiation Synthetic mica is synthesized artificially so that it is free from natural radiation. Most of ores are more or less with radiation as the mine was formed through millions of years.
Purity Synthetic mica is a crystallized combination produced according to formula. The raw materials are by severe screening, which guarantees the high purity. The mica is formed by natural powder so that it is with many mineral impurities. Meanwhile, it gets pollution during mining. The purity is much less than synthetic mica.
Heavy metal content Synthetic mica is nearly free from heavy metal.  Natural mica is with many harmful heavy metal to human health.
Appearance Smooth surface. High whiteness(>92). It has worse surface smoothness and looks grey. The whiteness is about 60 - 80.
Heat-resistance The melting point of synthetic mica reaches(1350±5)℃. Generally at 200 ℃, the layers start to stratify and the color changed.
Electric property Dielectric strength: 185-238 kV/mm Dielectric strength: 115-140 kV/mm
Insulation property Surface resistance: 3×1013 Ω Surface resistance: 1×1011 Ω
Tensile strength  150 Mpa 110 - 140 Mpa
(OH)Bond Synthetic mica is OH Bond free. It is not like the natural mica would release harmful hydrogen to steels. Thus, it can be used to antirust metal products.  
Optically transparent rate Synthetic mica crystal is colorless and transparent that has better optically transparent property against infrared and ultraviolet radiation than natural mica does. So the synthetic mica based pearl pigment is quality.  

Comparison of flakes appearance 

(synthetic mica on the left)
Comparsion of synthetic and natural mica flakes

 

Comparison of powder appearance

(synthetic mica on the left)
Comparsion of synthetic and natural mica powder

 

Comparison of some parameters

 UnitSynthetic micaPhlogopiteMuscovite
Density g/cm3 2,8 2,6 - 3,2 2,6 - 3,2
Dielectric strength kV/mm ~ 180 115 - 140 120 - 200
Volume resistivity Ω.cm (3-6)×1015 1012-1014 1013-1017
Surface resistivity Ω 3×1013 1010-1014 1011-1012
Dielectric constant ε ~ 6 5,0 - 6,0 6,0 - 7,0
Dielectric loss tg δ 3 × 10-4 (10-50)×10-4 (1- 4)×10-4
Tensile strength kg/cm2  ~1500 ~ 1000 ~ 1750
Water absorption % 0,14 2,7 2,2
Moisture absorption rate % 0,04 0,24 0,18
Heat resistance  > 1100 600 - 650 350 - 450

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