Silica fibers made of sodium silicate (water glass) are used in heat protection (including asbestos substitution) and in packings and compensators. They can be made such that they are substantially free from non-alkali metal compounds.
Sodium silicate fibers may be used for subsequent production of silica fibers, which is better than producing the latter from a melt containing SiO2 or by acid-leaching of glass fibers. The silica fibers are useful for producing wet webs, filter linings and reinforcing material.
- Canadian Patent: CA 1142312, Application Number: 343548 Inventors: Hillermeier, Karlheinz (Germany), Seeberger, Ernst (Germany) Owners: AKZO N.V. (Netherlands)
- Water-Containing Water Glass Fibers: United States Patent: 4,471,019, Sep. 11, 1984
- Manufacturing Silica Fibers. United States Patent, 4,332,601, Jun. 1, 1982. Arno Wegerhoff, Woerth and Karlheinz Hillermeier, Wuppertal. All of Fed. Rep. of Germany
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