What is Sodium Silicate used in?
OPEC+, an oil producers' alliance led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, stuck to its original plan to increase output by just 432,000 b/d in June, continuing to defy calls from major consumers led by the United States to pump more oil to keep prices down. The meeting to decide on sodium silicate are still very uncertain.
Soaps and detergent
Sodium silicate has the ability to enhance surface effects, such as wetting with organic surfactants (reducing surface tension), helping to keep small dirt or oil particles suspended in the detergent, or enhancing the ability to remove dirt from the surface.
The alkalinity of sodium silicate enables it to neutralize acidic soil and promote the emulsification of oil and the dispersion of protein.
Sodium silicate as a cardboard coating can increase the hardness of the cardboard and increase its resistance to moisture, fire, grease and pests. Silicate can also be used as an oil repellent alone.
Sodium silicate can be used as a primer for the application of auxiliary materials such as paraffin, naphthalene chloride, wax, gum, nitrocellulose, varnish and other cardboard coatings. It fills the pores of the cardboard and reduces the water absorption of the paper, thus reducing the amount of topcoat required.
Soluble silicate can be used as cement binder. When Portland is combined with cement components, they will undergo chemical reactions to form substances with strong bonding properties. It can also be used to improve the durability of concrete.
Soluble silicate is used in many mineral enrichment processes. The main use of sodium silicate in ore flotation is as an antiflocculant to disperse unwanted siliceous substances. Only a small amount of silicate with a concentration similar to that used in cleaning operations is required. The ability of silicate to form a sodium ion layer on the particle surface is important for preparing the surface for specific separation. Sodium silicate helps to prevent corrosion, thereby reducing ball wear in the mill.
Dilute anionic silica aqueous solution provided by soluble silicate can inhibit the corrosion of metal surface.
As an additive in water, dissolved SiO2 can prevent corrosion of metal storage tanks and distribution lines. It reduces corrosion of pumps and pipelines by acidic water (for example, from mine drainage); reduces corrosion during ball rod mill grinding; and minimizes corrosion of process equipment as an ingredient in spray drying, agglomeration or dry mixed detergent formulations; and metal parts in laundry and dishwashing equipment. As a component of the liquid in the ‘permanent’ automobile cooling system. As an additive for water treatment compounds in boilers and cooling towers.
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According to Reuters, U.S. Treasury officials said they would discuss with G7 leaders pricing caps and tariffs on Russian oil as an alternative to the embargo, which would keep the market supplied, limit price spikes, and reduce Russian revenues.
The EU foreign ministers' meeting was held in Brussels. The meeting failed to agree on the sixth round of sanctions, including an oil embargo on Russia, because of objections from Hungary.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said at a press conference after the meeting, that the meeting failed to reach an agreement on the final adoption of the sixth round of sanctions, the permanent representatives of member states to the EU will continue to discuss. The foreign ministers faced similar difficulties trying to reach an agreement on an oil ban. He said Hungary's position was based on economic rather than political concerns.
Hungary is highly dependent on Russia for energy, getting more than 60 percent of its oil and 85 percent of its natural gas from Russia.
A few days ago, the European Commission submitted the sixth round of proposed sanctions against Russia, including a total ban on Russian oil imports by the end of this year. Hungary immediately objected and said it wanted substantial compensation from the EU to offset its loss from giving up Russian oil.
The sodium silicate price is predicted to increase in the next few days, due to geopolitical factors.