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Silicon Metal

Silicon metal(Si Metal) also called crystalline silicon or industrial silicon is mainly used as an additive for non-ferrous alloys. Metallic silicon has a high melting point, good heat resistance...

Description of Silicon Metal

Silicon metal(Si Metal) also called crystalline silicon or industrial silicon is mainly used as an additive for non-ferrous alloys. Metallic silicon has a high melting point, good heat resistance, high electrical resistivity, and ultra-high oxidation resistance. Si metal is a product smelted from quartz and coke in an electric furnace. The main component is Silicon, other impurities are iron, aluminum, calcium, etc. 

The Classification of Si Metal

 The classification of metallic silicon is usually classified according to the content of iron, aluminum, and calcium, silicon metal can be divided into different grades such as silicon metal 553/441/3303/2202 and 1101.

Silicon metal 553 is a commonly used grade. In the metal silicon 553, the silicon content should be as high as 98.5%. The contents of iron, aluminum, and calcium are 0.5%, 0.5%, and 0.3% respectively. Silicon 553 and silicon 441 are mainly used in the production of aluminum ingots. Adding silicon metal to aluminum alloys makes them strong and light.

Silicon metal 553 specifications:

Silicon metal 553 generally the diameter is 10-50mm,50-100mm,10-100mm, or other sizes as per customer’s requests.

LSFerroalloy can produce metallurgical grade silicon of various sizes, such as regular size and special size, and also be customized as powder, granule, and lump.

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Specification of Silicon Metal

Product grades Chemical composition(%)
Si Fe Al Ca
2202 99.58 0.2 0.2 0.02
3303 99.37 0.3 0.3 0.03
441 99.1 0.4 0.4 0.1
553 98.7 0.5 0.5 0.3
97 ≤97

Silicon Metal Advantages

• High-temperature resistance

• High durable

• Deoxidation

Application of Silicon Metal

Steel industry: A large amount of silicon metal is used for smelting into ferrosilicon alloy, and it is also a reducing agent in the smelting of many kinds of metals. Silicon metal can replace aluminum in the steelmaking process, improve the efficiency of deoxidizers, purify molten steel, and improve the quality of steel.

Aluminum alloy: Silicon is also a good component in aluminum alloys, and most cast aluminum alloys contain silicon.

Electronics Industry: Metallic Silicon is the raw material of ultra-pure silicon in the electronics industry. Electronic devices made of semiconductor silicon have the advantages of small size, lightweight, good reliability, and long life.

Chemical industry: Silicon metal is used to produce silicone rubber, silicone resin, silicone oil, etc. Silicone rubber has good elasticity and can be used to make medical supplies and gaskets. Silicone resins are used to produce insulating paints, high-temperature coatings, etc.

                                           

silicon metal granule

Demand for Silicon Metal

Organosilicon is the largest consumer of metallic silicon, mainly used in silicone rubber, silicone oil, etc. With the continuous development of the economy, the demand in the downstream industry of organic silicon expands, and the consumption of metallic silicon for organic silicon will continue to grow in the future. In terms of aluminum alloys, silicon metal is used in the alloy industry to produce silicon-aluminum alloys, copper-silicon alloys, and ferrosilicon. Demand for aluminum alloys and metallic silicon is currently stable.

The photovoltaic industry is developing rapidly. In the future, as the price of photovoltaic products continues to decline, the cost of photovoltaic power generation will also decrease year by year, stimulating the photovoltaic market, and the demand for metallic si will continue to rise.

Anyang Lishi Industrial is a factory specializing in the research, deep processing, and sales of silicon metal and silicone metal powder (industrial silicon powder). We provide silicone metal  (2202, 3303, 553, 441, etc.) and industrial silicon powder (particle size 100, 200, 325 mesh).

The production of raw silicon used the carbothermic, smelting silica, and carbonaceous reducing agent in a submerged arc furnace. In this way, the silicon purity will be about 97% to 98%, and such silicon can generally be used for metallurgical. If higher grade silicon, it needs to be refined to remove impurities to obtain metallic silicon with a purity of 99.7% to 99.8%.

China, Brazil, Norway, the United States, and France are the main silicon metal-producing countries in the world. Because of the advantages of resources, China has low-cost raw silicon metal with high quality, and silicon metal production is mainly concentrated in China. In 2020, China’s silicon metal production ranked first in global accounting for about 69.3%; followed by Brazil and Norway, with a production proportion of 7.3% and 6.6%.

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