Use of Molybdenum


Molybdenum is a silver-gray colored metal, which does not exist in its pure condition in nature, so it is usually associated with other elements, such as sulphide minerals, from which copper is also obtained. It is common for molybdenum to be considered a by-product of the copper extraction operation.
In the periodic table, molybdenum is identified with the number 42 and its chemical symbol is Mo. It melts at a temperature of 2,610 degrees Celsius.

Its name originates in the Greek "molybdos", which means "like lead", in clear allusion to its color. Although some argue that it was already known in ancient times, it was only during World War I that its use in steel alloys is made known, being used in replacement of Wolfram (also known as Tungsten) that at that time was scarce, starting its commercial use.

Its main characteristics are durability, resistance and ability to withstand aggressive corrosion and high temperatures.

Molybdenum is a metal that is used as a raw material to obtain alloys, among which the most resistant steels stand out. About two-thirds of this metal is used for that purpose, known as stainless steel, with contents of up to 6%. The steel alloy is very strong, as it resists high temperatures and pressures, which is why it is used in constructions, to manufacture aircraft parts and forged pieces of automobiles. Molybdenum wire is used in electronic tubes, and metal also serves as an electrode in glass furnaces.

Among other uses, there is the super alloy that is obtained based on nickel, to get catalysts that are used in the removal of sulfur in the petroleum industry. In addition, it is also used in the industrial process of lubricants (molybdenum disulfide is resistant to high temperatures, reduces wear and friction of engine parts, as in automobile brakes), in the manufacture of coatings and solvents, in the chemical industry (pigments for plastics, paints and rubber compounds) and electronics (electrical conductors).

Molybdenum is also considered a strategic material and has multiple applications in the aerospace and automotive industry, in surgical tools, as well as being used in the manufacture of ampoules (filament), LCD screens, water treatment and even in the application of laser beams.

STEEL INDUSTRY

MOLYBDENUM OXIDE

Obtained by the roasting of molybdenite concentrates.

Typical uses: As an alloy in the production of steels and ferromolybdenum.

Produced in the following Plants: MolymetNos, Molynor, Molymex y Sadaci.

Chemical Specifications:Can be delivered in a wide range of specifications, according to the needs of customers.

Standard Grade:

  • Mo: 57,00% min.
  • Cu: 0,50% máx.
  • S: 0,10% máx.
  • C: 0,10% máx.
  • P: 0,05% máx.
  • Pb: 0,05% máx.

Other specifications available upon request.

Packaging Unit

Container

Content per unit

Units by Full Container Load (FCL)

Approx. net weight by FCL

Steel cans

80 cans per wooden box

10 kg Mo

1,120

18.000 kg

80 cans per wooden pallet

20 lbs Mo

1,280

42.000 lb

34 gallon steel drums, with inner polyethylene bag

4 drums per pallet

250 kg material

80

20.000 kg

300 lbs Mo

80

42.000 lb

Polypropylene Big Bag (FIBC)*

1 big bag per pallet

1.000 kg material

20 - 24

20.000 - 24.000 kg

3.000 Lbs. material

14

42.000 lb


TECHNICAL MOLYBDENUM OXIDE IN BRIQUETTES

Obtained by the briquetting of roasted molybdenite concentrates.

Typical uses: As an additive for the production of steel with higher efficiency than the use of Technical Molybdenum Oxide powder. 

Produced in the following Plants: MolymetNos, Molymex y Sadaci.

Chemical Specifications: Can be delivered in a wide range of specifications, according to the needs of customers.

Standard Grade:

  • Mo: 57,00% min.
  • Cu: 0,50% max.
  • S: 0,10% max.
  • C: 0,10% max.
  • P: 0,05% max.
  • Pb: 0,05% max.

Other specifications available upon request.

Physical Properties:

Briquette size:

  • 50 x 36 x 20 mm aprox.
  • 2.0 x 1.5 x 0.75 inches aprox.

Appearance:

  • Pillow shape.
  • Packaging options.


Packaging Unit

Container

Content per unit

Units by Full Container Load (FCL)

Approx. net weight by FCL

34 gallon steel drums , with inner polyethylene bag

4 drums per pallet (1)

250 kg material

80

20.000 kg

300 lbs Mo

80

42.000 lb

Polypropylene Big Bags (FIBC)*

1 big bag per pallet

1.000 kg material

20 - 24

20.000 - 24.000 kg

3.000 lbs. material

14

42.000 lb