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All About Hydrophobic Treated Silica Products

Applied Material Solutions (AMS) is a Wisconsin-based company that manufactures high-quality hydrophobic treated silica products, including both precipitated and fumed varieties. By leveraging our unique range of manufacturing capabilities, our expert team produces a wide range of silica products for use in a diverse set of industries.

The following blog post provides an overview of hydrophobic treated silica products, outlining the chemical properties, applications, and solutions available from AMS.

Chemical Properties of Hydrophobic Treated Silica

Hydrophobic Treated SIlica

In addition to its hydrophobic—i.e., water-repelling—properties, treated silica demonstrates several characteristics that make it well-suited for use in a wide range of applications. As an ingredient in other materials and products, it offers the following benefits:

  • Foam control. It serves as a key active ingredient in many foam control products, such as antifoaming agents, defoamers, and deaerators.
  • Powder free flow encouragement. It facilitates the free flow of powdered substances that have a tendency to “cake” or clump together. It also enhances their storage stability.
  • Processing improvements. The utilization of treated silica allows for optimal processability, hydrophobicity control, thickening, thixotropy, rheology control, and suspension and stability behavior. For example, motionless particles can be restored to their original level of viscosity with a minimum expenditure of energy.
  • Adsorbent qualities. It can adsorb compounds in gaseous, liquid, or solid states and act as a carrier that allows for the conversion of liquids and pastes into powders.
  • Anti-blocking, anti-sagging, anti-setting, and anti-setoff attributes. An example of an application in which these qualities are critical is in anti-setoff spray powder, which industry professionals use to maintain an air gap between printed sheets of paper to prevent ink bleed-through.
  • Mechanical improvements. It can improve tensile strength, elongation at break, and tear resistance and help minimize the effect of temperature on mechanical properties.
  • When used in materials, such as polymers, it reinforces both strength and structure.
  • Pigment stabilization and dispersion. It can prevent or delay the sedimentation of solids in liquid systems, as well as disperse sediments that have already settled, break down solid particles, and stop such particles from recombining.
  • Print definition enhancements. The resolution and print quality of toners can be significantly improved through the use of hydrophobic treated silica.
  • Thermal insulation. Amorphous silicon dioxide is a highly non-conductive material, making it an excellent choice for thermal insulation applications.

Common Applications of Hydrophobic Treated Silica

Hydrophobic treated silica finds application in a variety of materials and products. Some of its most common uses include:

  • Defoamers and antifoams
  • Demulsifiers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Silicone rubber
  • Silicone sealants
  • Greases
  • Paints and coatings
  • Plastics
  • Polyester resins
  • Cosmetics
  • Inks and toners

Hydrophobic Treated Silica Solutions From AMS

At AMS, we manufacture treated silica products for a myriad of customer applications. Armed with years of silica treatment manufacturing experience and a modern manufacturing facility, our team can produce an array of products across a wide range of particle sizes, hydrophobicity levels, and surface areas to suit our customers’ needs.

From development to production to testing and regulation, AMS strives to meet the requirements outlined by our customers and to provide the highest level of quality, accuracy, and performance. In doing so, we aim to minimize customer investment—both in regard to time and money—and maximize customer satisfaction.

For additional information about our treated silica solutions, contact us today.

How it Works: Corn Oil Demulsifiers

Corn oil plays a central role in maintaining the profitability of today’s fuel ethanol facilities. Corn oil demulsifiers serve to improve oil release during the mechanical extraction process, resulting in significantly increased corn oil yields. Those improved yields translate to higher profits.

Corn oil demulsifiers also cut down on solids present in corn oil and create cleaner, higher-quality oil. Decreased levels of system deposition also translate to less downtime spent maintaining or cleaning said systems.

How They Work

Corn Oil Demulsifier

Corn oil demulsifiers aim to break the emulsion between the water and oil components of the corn oil. When demulsifying agents are dosed, they begin to interfere with the stability of the emulsion. This causes oil droplets to shift around and join together into larger droplets. These larger droplets of corn oil are much easier to separate and capture through the centrifugation process.

Extraction aids like corn oil demulsifiers can also improve the release of corn oil during centrifugation. Their benefits extend beyond the initial dosing period, as well. Demulsifiers modify surface chemistry within the syrup and allow oil to be released more easily, which means that it takes less centrifugal energy to separate the oil from the surface. The result of this process is increased corn oil production and notably cleaner corn oil.

Benefits of Demulsifiers

Corn oil demulsifiers confer a wide array of advantages and AMS’s additives normally result in the following improvements:

  • Decreased demulsifier feed rates
  • Reduced demulsifier costs
  • Higher corn oil yields
  • Superior corn oil quality
  • Reduced presence of solids in produced oil
  • Improved profit margins
  • Effectiveness in a broad range of operating conditions

Applied Material Solutions

At Applied Material Solutions, we produce an array of corn oil separation aids and demulsifiers. We also regularly customize our products to align with the individual needs of each plant’s conditions. Our customizable product line includes:

  • AMulSion COD-A
  • AMulSion COD-G
  • AMulSion COD-J

For more information about our selection of corn oil demulsifiers or capabilities, please don’t hesitate to contact our team today to learn how AMS can help improve your corn oil production.