Nuclear Grade Sponge Zirconium Consumption Market Price, Cost, Gross and Gross Margin Analysis 2021

Global Nuclear Grade Sponge Zirconium Consumption Market is segmented based on production process, application, and region. Zirconium metal is also known as zirconium sponge, it is silver metal, looks like steel, and it is glossy. Metal zirconium has sturdy corrosion resistance. It isn’t susceptible to the erosion of alkaline and acidic solution; and soluble hydrofluoric acid and aqua regia, with ultra-high hardness and strength. Zirconium initially in the form of zirconium sponge for subsequent conversion into zirconium alloy components for the nuclear industry.

Zirconium metal or sponge is basically used in the nuclear industry with need for hafnium. The chemical and physical similarity of zirconium and hafnium means that separation of these two metals is difficult. The conventional process involves direct chlorination of zircon flour in a fluidized bed that contains carbon.

Zirconium sponge is produced in non-nuclear and nuclear grades, used for manufacturing zirconium alloys for nuclear reactor components, like cladding for fuel rods. A conventional composition of nuclear grade zirconium alloys is greater than 95% by weight zirconium and less than 2% of niobium, tin, iron, nickel, chromium, and the other metals, which are added for improving mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. It is used as nuclear reactor core structure material, plug, moderator, positioning framework, etc. it is a kind of important tactical metal.

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Nuclear reactor grade zirconium sponge is strictly controlled under the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons treaty, and appropriate import or export licenses are required in order to trade. Nuclear Grade Sponge Zirconium Consumption Industry is classified, by production process into chloride separation process, MIBK separation process and others.

MIBK Separation Process produces nuclear grade zirconium oxide and hafnium oxide by separating hafnium from zirconium with solvent extraction process using MIBK (Methyl IsoButyl Ketone) as solvent. In Chlorination Process, pure ZrO2 produced from the separation process reacts with carbon and chlorine in a high temperature fluidized bed reactor to produce ZrCl4. In Reduction Process, pure zirconium chloride, ZrCl4, produced in the chlorination process is transported to the reduction process, where zirconium sponge is produced by reacting ZrCl4 with magnesium.

Nuclear Grade Sponge Zirconium Consumption Market is classified, by application into nuclear power plant, nuclear powered aircraft carrier, nuclear submarine, and others. Nuclear Grade Sponge Zirconium Consumption Market is segmented, geographically into North America, Europe (Eastern Europe, Western Europe), Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. Nuclear Grade Sponge Zirconium Consumption Market key players are Alkane Resources Ltd., Allegheny Technologies, Inc., Wah Chang, Astron Ltd., Neo Material Technologies, Inc., Foskor Ltd.,Bemax Resources Limited, E.I DuPont de Nemours and Company, Luxfer Group, Namakwa Sands Ltd., and Tosoh Corp.

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