The material is generally greyish-black, opaque and has
a lustrous black sheen. It is unique in that it has
properties of both a metal and a non-metal. It is flexible
but not elastic, has a high thermal and electrical
conductivity, and is highly refractory and chemically inert.
Graphite has a low adsorption of X-rays and neutrons making
it a particularly useful material in nuclear applications.
Graphite is highly unreactive element and resistant to
acids, alkalis and other reactive chemical substances. As a
result, graphite is readily used in highly corrosive
industrial application. It is used in heavy machineries to
reduce the frictions between parts where high temperature is
quite phenomenal. Graphite is used as a refractory substance
for its corrosion resistance, thermal shock resistance and
oxidation resistance capacity. It is also used in metal
casting and in the preparation of electrotype in printing
Excellent self-lubricating properties which exhibit
low frictional and wear characteristics from cryogenic
temperature to steel melting temperatures.
High compressive strength
Can be machined to intricate shapes with close