Since 2022, Russia-Ukraine geopolitical conflicts have intensified, and global energy prices have risen sharply, with international natural gas prices hitting historic highs. As the most important transitional energy source in the transition from fossil energy to non-fossil energy, the share of natural gas in primary energy has increased from 14.6% in 1965 to 24.7% in 2020. The global gas price indices showed a unilateral downward trend from 2018, bottomed out in 2020, and remained low for a long time. However, since July 2020, the global gas prices have gradually fluctuated upward, and the impact of geopolitical events made the Dutch TTF gas price even hit record highs repeatedly.
An analyst of a securities company believes that the core catalyst of this round of global gas market lies in the lack of investment in upstream oil and gas resources caused by long-term low prices. Since 2020, although the epidemic has led to a decline in demand, the decline in supply has been faster, resulting in a large inventory consumption. In 2021, demand will recover faster than supply (the supply-side is less sensitive to prices, which will be reflected in investment).
As the world's two largest gas Silicon Nitride powder are also expected to change significantly.
Introduction to Silicon Nitride Si3N4 Powder
Silicon nitride or Si3N4 is a kind of white powdery crystal; The melting point is 1900℃, and the density is 3.44g/cm3 (20℃). There are two variants: the α type which is a hexagonal dense packing structure, and the β type which is a crystalline structure. Silicon nitride is gray when it has impurities or excess silicon.
Physicochemical Properties of Silicon Nitride Si3N4 Powder
Silicon nitride hardly interacts with water. It slowly hydrolyzes to ammonium salt and silicon dioxide in a strong acid solution. Soluble in hydrofluoric acid, and does not act with dilute acid. A solution of strong alkali slowly corrodes the silicon nitride, and the molten strong alkali quickly converts the silicon nitride to silicates and ammonia. Above 600℃, Si3N4 can reduce transition metal oxides (see transition elements), lead oxide, zinc oxide, and stannic oxide, and release nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide.
Silicon nitride is very strong, especially the hot-pressed silicon nitride. It is one of the hardest substances in the world. It is very high-temperature resistant, and it can maintain its strength at a high temperature of 1200℃. After heating, it will not melt into a melting body, until 1900℃ it will decompose. And it has amazing chemical corrosion resistance, almost all inorganic acid and 30% of the following caustic soda solution, also can withstand a lot of organic acid corrosion. It is also a kind of high-performance electrical insulation material.
|Silicon Nitride Si3N4 Powder Properties|
|Other Names||silicon (IV) nitride, α-Si3N4, SiN, trisilicon tetranitride, Si3N4 powder|
|Appearance||white to gray powder|
|Solubility in H2O||insoluble|
Applications of Silicon Nitride Si3N4 Powder
Silicon nitride is an important structural ceramic material with hardness, lubrication, and wear resistance. It is oxidation resistant at high temperatures. And it can also resist cold and hot shocks. Even though heated to more than 1000℃ in the air, through sharp cooling and then sharp heating, it will not break.
Because of such excellent characteristics, it is often used to manufacture bearings, turbine blades, mechanical seal rings, permanent molds, and other mechanical components. Using silicon nitride ceramic which is resistant to high temperature and not easy to heat transfer to manufacture the heating surface of engine parts can improve the quality of diesel engines, save fuel and improve the thermal efficiency.
In the mechanical industry, silicon nitride ceramics are used as bearing ball bearings, rollers, ball seat rings, molds, new ceramic cutting tools, pump plungers, spindle sealing materials, etc.
In the chemical industry, silicon nitride ceramics are used as wear and corrosion-resistant components, such as ball valves, pump bodies, combustion carburetors, filters, etc.
In the metallurgical industry, because of its properties of high-temperature resistance, small friction coefficient, and self-lubrication, and, for most metals, the alloy solution is stable, so silicon nitride ceramics can be used to make metal material processing die, such as dial core bar, extrusion, wire drawing die, roll, transfer roll, heating fixture, hot couple set camps, metal heat treatment support, crucibles, liquid aluminum guide camp, aluminum lining, etc.
Silicon nitride ceramic materials are also widely used in the electronics, military, and nuclear industries.
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Prior to the impact of COVID-19 on the chemicals and materials industry and the price of the Silicon Nitride powder, many industry observers expected low to flat growth in 2021 in all regions outside Asia, with many countries seeing slower growth compared to recent years. Operational excellence has long been a hallmark of the Silicon Nitride powder chemical industry, and many companies are financially able to withstand short-term dips in end-market demand due to rapid leverage from reduced capex on hand.
The analysis shows that, whatever the final course of the pandemic, we can expect the inevitable long-term effects. Workplaces are expected to slowly return to pre-COVID-19 practices. Companies investing in enterprise-wide digital initiatives saw these "payoffs" in the early pandemic environment. For more information about Silicon Nitride powder, please feel free to contact us.
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