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Industrial Alumina Ceramic Lined Pipe Products

From eastern to western Canada, we are a distributor of a large variety of in stock Alumina ceramic lined piping products.

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Industrial Alumina Ceramic Lined Pipe Solutions

Alumina ceramic lined piping provides excellent resistance to sliding abrasion. Alumina ceramic lined pipe have been universally utilized in applications where steel or other materials are inadequate in resisting the wear caused by the materials flowing over them, mineral processing plants, abrasive bulk materials handling installations, and/or pulverized fuel pipe lines. By installing alumina ceramic lined pipes, the life of your steel pipes is prolonged, saving you money and increasing the time between replacements resulting in higher productivity and less downtime. Alumina ceramic lining are less than half the weight of steel, reducing the weight of lined components, reducing the risk of injuries and material damage during handling.

Sourcing only the best in Alumina, Moffatt Supply & Specialties’ tiles are sourced only from the best global manufacturers. Specific in our search for the best in tiles, Moffatt only purchases alumina ceramic tiles with Al2O3 content of 90% and 92% are typically used. With our knowledgeable and skilled installers of Alumina lined pipe products, we can line any shape and size imaginable. For tiling of repeat shapes, we use pre-engineered tiles. These are tiles made to fit standard shapes, like elbows and cones.

Depending on the application of the installation, different bonding methods are used to hold the alumina ceramic tiles in place. In applications where high temperatures are expected, our technicians will use adhesives that are silicone based to adhere the Alumina ceramic tile. In applications where abrasive slurry is being used such a mineral processing plant, an epoxy-based adhesive gives the best results. In addition to adhesives, Moffatt can also install tiles through mechanical means such as bolting or even welding.

Industrial Alumina Ceramic Lined Pipe Features and Benefits

    • Alumina Ceramics have a hardness of 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Diamonds have a hardness of 10. Alumina powder can be formed into shapes in its unfired state, and this makes it perfect for the manufacturing of tiles and blocks. Alumina Ceramics are ideal for the protection of steel in high wear areas of your processing plant, materials handling chutes, dust extraction system or any other applications that are subject to increased wear.
    • Ceramic tiles are available in various thicknesses between 1/8" - 2". 1/4", 1/2" and 1" thicknesses are by far the most frequently used and readily available to purchase by the case or pallet. The most popular tile size is a 4" x 6" tile.
    • These tiles can typically be supplied as weldable tiles. Weldable tile is utilized in high-temperature applications or in applications where the steel backing is flexible.
    • Moffatt also supply 1/2" and 1" thick pipe tiles, used to tile pipelines and pipe elbows to protect them against coarse slurries.
    • An additional popular product is the hextile sheets. These are little hexagonal tiles on a mesh backing, mainly utilized to line irregular shapes or for patches. Typical thicknesses are 1/8", 1/4" and 1/2" and the sheets are 6" x 6" square.
    • For longer pipelines, where the cost of Alumina Ceramics and Silicon Carbide will likely be prohibitive, basalt liners can be considered. It is commonly utilized in tailings pipelines and process piping in mineral processing plants.
    • All of the above are offered in Alumina Ceramics, and they can also be provided in Silicon Carbide and various other ceramics commercially available.

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Industries that use Industrial Alumina Ceramic Lined Piping Products:

  • Mining Industry
  • Agricultural Industry
  • Forestry Industry
  • Bulk Materials Handling Industry

Industrial Sectors that use Industrial Alumina Ceramic Lined Piping Products:

  • Cement and Lime production
  • Minerals Processing Plants
  • Dust Extraction and Handling
  • Grain Handling
  • Sand and Gravel
  • Ship Loading
  • Slurry Pipe Lines
  • Conveyors and Transfer Points
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Industrial Alumina Ceramic Lined Pipe Product Facts:

Alumina Ceramics is considered the most frequently used in the industry. 90% Al2O3 and 92% Al2O3 are typically the most popular grades of Alumina ceramics used in the industry.

Silicone Carbide is also commonly used and Nitride Bonded SiC, Reaction Bonded SiC and Sintered SiC are grades of Silicone Carbide available. The application will determine which grade of SiC is recommended.

Silicon Carbide has a higher resistance to wear than Alumina, but is more expensive. Therefore, it is only suitable for very abrasive applications.

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    Industrial Alumina Ceramic Lined Piping Product Questions and Answers

    Industrial ceramics provide exceptional wear resistance caused by coarse materials flowing over them. Below are answers to common questions we get regarding our industrial alumina ceramic lined piping products:

    What are industrial ceramics?

    Industrial ceramics are generally described as inorganic, non-metallic materials that demonstrate such useful characteristics as high strength and hardness, high melting temperatures, chemical inertness, and low thermal and electrical conductivity, but that also display brittleness and sensitivity to flaws.

    Are all ceramics the same?

    There are a large number of ceramics readily available. It all depends on the application. Some ceramics can be used for household goods, like plates, cups and oven dishes, some are utilized in the electrical industry as isolators for high-voltage power lines, as ballistic protection in armoured vehicles and bullet proof vests and for protection against wear in materials handling, pipelines and process equipment. Ceramics can also be used as heat insulators in furnaces and kilns. Due to its resistance to a variety of chemicals and high temperature, ceramics is also regularly used in laboratories in a variety of applications.

    How do you attach the ceramics to the steel?

    Generally there are various adhesives readily available for attaching ceramics to the steel backing material. The most popular adhesives are two part epoxies, that can take anything from a few minutes up to two days to cure completely. With respect to the application, the working temperature and the rigidity of the steel backing, other materials or fastening methods could also be used. Silicones can handle higher temperatures than most epoxies, and is also more flexible. Tiles can certainly be bolted to the steel backing and could be “welded” to steel backing.

    What sizes and shapes of alumina ceramics does Moffatt Supply keep in inventory?

    The most common tile thicknesses used in the industry for wear protection is ¼”, ½” and 1”. The standard tile shape is rectangular and are 4” wide by 6” long. Yet another popular product is ¼” or ½” thick hexagonal tiles. These are offered on a 6” by 6” mesh backing, and is also used to do repairs to ceramic installations or for use in irregularly shaped applications.

    What kinds of ceramics does Moffatt Supply specialise in?

    We mainly supply and stock Alumina Ceramics. Alumina Ceramics is made up primarily of alumina oxide and grades of 90% and 92% Al2O3 are the most popular grades. We also supply different grades of silicon carbide. Silicon carbide is more versatile than alumina ceramics and can easily be formed into almost any shape imaginable. However, it is definitely more expensive than alumina ceramics and is used for specialised applications.

    Why would you use alumina ceramics in high wear applications?

    The main reason for using any ceramics is to protect the steel from being worn away by the material that comes in contact with the steel. Ceramics as a general rule has a very high resistance to wear in sliding abrasion applications. 92% Al2O3 has a hardness of 9 on the Mohs Hardness scale, in comparison to diamonds that has a hardness of 10.

    How is it possible to “weld” a ceramic brick to the steel backing?

    To be able to make a ceramic tile weldable, a compact conical hole is made in the middle of the tile. A conical steel insert is then inserted inside the hole and this is welded to the backing steel. The weld is then holding the steel insert in place, which in turn supports the tile in place.

    What is the smallest and largest tile that can be made from Alumina Ceramics?

    Although it's possible to make different shapes of alumina ceramics, the most popular products are tiles and bricks. Ceramic tiles can be as thin as 1/32”, but 2” thick bricks, 4 - 1/2” wide and 9” long is mainly about the maximum dimensions that can be made from alumina ceramics.

    What is advanced ceramics?

    "Advanced” ceramics, like silicon carbide and zirconium oxide are the materials that things like spaceships are constructed with, and they’re capable of withstand the super-hot temperatures generated upon re-entering the earth’s atmosphere.

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