FireCarb is an expandable intumescent graphite fire retardant additive that can expand when heated.
Expandable when heated
Minimal surface acidity
Please find our FireCarb product range including the typical properties per grade below:
|Grades||Expansion ml [°C]||Particle Size|
|TEG-500||300||80% > 300 µm|
|TEG-370||275||80% > 300 µm|
|TEG-345||250||80% > 300 µm|
|TEG-315||220||80% > 180 µm|
|TEG-160||85||95% < 250 µm|
Customised products are available upon request – these include delayed expansion (DE), high initial expansion (A), and modified pH (H) grades.
Our FireCarb product range is available in paper sacks or big bags. Due to the products conditions no bulk solution is available.
FireCarb is based on a high quality Chinese crystalline flake graphite; its structure is in the form of layered sheets of carbon atoms. In a process known as intercalation, an acid solution is placed between the carbon layers. Following manufacture, the material is thoroughly washed and dried, trapping the solutions within the platelets. The result is a dry, pourable, clean material with minimal surface acidity.
Expandable graphite belongs to a group of products called ‘intumescents’, the main property of which is the ability to expand when heated. On exposure to heat, the retained solutions within FireCarb produce a gas that expands and forces open the graphite platelets.
The tremendous expansion that expandable graphite offers (up to 350 x volume at 1000°C) makes it more effective than conventional intumescents. This expansion has the added benefit of creating high pressure, especially when mechanically restricted. At the same time, an insulating carbonaceous char is formed, which protects the substructure from the heat source.
Typically expansion starts at 170°C, and standard FireCarb grades demonstrate a good onset of expansion at relatively low temperature and a high total volume of expansion.
Properties of FireCarb
|Expansion onset temperature (°C)||170|
|Carbon content (wt.%)||90 min.|
|pH value||4 – 7|
|Volatiles (%)||< 12|
|Loose bulk density (kg/l)||0.45 – 0.50|
LKAB Minerals use high quality Chinese expandable graphite for its FireCarb products.
A non-toxic, non-hazardous stable mineral.
Our customers use industrial minerals to improve constructions, increase safety and reduce costs.