Zirconium, a highly non-reactive metal is still unknown to many individuals. Zirconium is corrosion resistant and one of the most significant elements in making surfaces on which to work chemical reactions in a laboratory. Zirconium is resistant to both strong acids and alkalis.
Besides laboratory use, the various uses of zirconium are in reactor vessels, heat exchangers, pumps, and tower packing.
Among these are zirconium crucibles, produced by firms such as Winward Engineering LTD, which are the choicest of vessels especially when making sodium carbonate and sodium peroxide fusions.
Typically, a zirconium cubicle can sustain up to 100 fusions, which offers much more holding capacity than what a porcelain cubicle or its steel equivalents can provide. That makes a zirconium crucible a low-cost alternative.
However, you will say that the cost of a zirconium crucible far outweighs that made of other materials. That is right. However, by comparing the number of fusions you will carry out with a zirconium crucible to those with an ordinary crucible, the efficiency ratio is 20:1 on the lower side.
Fusing in a Zirconium Crucible
Irrespective of the fluid mixture in question, fusions work best when there are no cracks in the crucible. When the liquid sample is either clear or bright red, it indicates that fusion is complete. You can now cool the fusion in the crucible.
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Alternatively, you can place the crucible and its contents in a container with water and add the appropriate solvent to remove the fusion from the cubicle. If there be any stains from the fusion mix, clean the zirconium crucible using hydrochloric acid.
In addition to the cost-effectiveness of a zirconium crucible, it is reliable in working multiple fusions before when you will need to get a replacement. Moreover, you do not need tipped tongs when handling a zirconium crucible unlike when using a platinum one.
You also do not have to reshape or smooth the crucible to maintain its shape and state, which keeps the maintenance cost of zirconium crucibles to a minimum low.
Although many people hardly can tell the applications of zirconium, the unique, corrosion-resistant features of this metal have made it a major player in the chemical processing and handling industry.