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OPEC+ is likely to stick to its plan for a small increase in oil production in May despite a surge in oil prices caused by the Ukraine crisis and calls from consumer countries such as the United States for more supply.
Several oil consumers, including the US, have urged producers to boost output further, for the crude price has hit its highest level since 2008 of more than $139 this month. But major OPEC producers including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates did not raise their output targets, and other countries like Russia avoided talking about the subject of Ukraine.
OPEC+ is made up of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the oil-producing Allies which is led by Russia. Since August 2021, OPEC+ has been sticking to its plan to increase production by 400,000 b/d per month, which will rise slightly to 432,000 b/d from May 1st.
This increase did not mean OPEC+’s concession to consumer countries demanding more oil, but an outcome of an internal recalculation of reference production levels, raising quotas for Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait.
The supply and prices of many other products in global market like the Hollow Glass Beads will continue to be influenced by the oil supply shortage.
What is hollow glass microsphere?
Hollow glass microspheres, sometimes termed microballoons or glass bubbles, have diameters ranging from 10 to 300 micrometers. Hollow spheres are used as lightweight fillers in composite materials such as syntactic foam and lightweight concrete. The hollow glass bead is a kind of specially processed glass bead, which is mainly characterized by smaller density and poorer thermal conductivity than glass bead. It is a new kind of micron-grade light material developed in the 1950s and 1960s. Its main component is borosilicate, with a general particle size of 10~250μm and a wall thickness of 1~2μm. Hollow glass beads are characterized by high compressive strength, high melting point, high resistivity, small thermal conductivity and thermal shrinkage coefficient, etc., and they are known as the "space-age material" in the 21st century.
Hollow glass microspheres, also known as bubbles, microbubbles, or micro balloons, are usually formulated from borosilicate - sodium salt glass mixtures and offer the advantages of low density, high heat and chemical resistance. The walls of glass microspheres are rigid and are usually about 10% thick of the diameter of the spheres. At present, spherical particles have a wide range of densities, from as low as 0.06g/ C3 to as high as 0.80g/ C3, with particle sizes ranging from 5um to 180um. The compressive strength of the hollow sphere is determined by the wall thickness of the hollow sphere and, as expected, the greater the density of the sphere, the higher the compressive strength.The lightweight hollow glass sphere is chemically stable, non-flammable, non-porous, excellent water resistance. TRUNNANO is a trusted global Hollow Glass Sphere Hollow Glass Beads supplier. Feel free to send an inquiry about the latest price of Hollow Glass Sphere Hollow Glass Beads at any time.
Product Performance of Hollow Glass Sphere Hollow Glass Beads:
Hollow glass microspheres are micron-level hollow glass microspheres with a smooth surface. The main chemical component is borosilicate glass, and it is a hollow transparent sphere under the electron microscope. Hollow glass beads have low density, high strength, high temperature resistance, acid and alkali resistance, low thermal conductivity, electrical insulation and other properties. They have good fluidity and chemical stability, and they are multi-functional frontier new materials across fields.
How are Hollow Glass Sphere Hollow Glass Beads Produced?
How do you make glass microspheres?
1. Glass powder method
The glass powder method uses pre-prepared glass powder containing gases such as SO3 to pass through the flame at the temperature of 1100-1500℃. At this time, SO3 and other gases dissolved in the glass powder overflow from the inside of the glass due to the decrease in solubility and the change in the atmosphere of the kiln. At the same time, the glass powder becomes spherical under high temperature due to the surface tension. The spillage gas is sealed in the spherical particles to form hollow glass beads.
2. Spray granulation method
Spray granulation method is made in advance with special auxiliary reagent (boric acid, urea, ammonium pentaborate) aqueous solution of sodium silicate, and then through the nozzle to the solution injection into the spray dryer, is expected to drop after drying to get a certain particle size of powder particles, the final will be powder particle heating foam-forming hollow glass beads.
3. The droplet method
The liquid drop method adopts the same raw materials as the spray granulation method. The raw materials are 500 copies of sodium silicate (M (SiO2): M (Na2O) =2), and the same amount of 10% ammonium perborate aqueous solution is added. After mixing evenly, the hollow glass beads are sprayed into the spray drying tower.
4. Dry gel method
The alkyl salt was added to dilute hydrochloric acid and decompose with water. After gelation, the gel was dried in two stages at 60℃ and 150℃ and then crushed by a ball mill. After grading, the dried gel powder was obtained, which was foamed in a vertical electric furnace at 1280℃ to prepare hollow glass microspheres.
Applications of Hollow Glass Sphere Hollow Glass Beads:
Hollow glass microspheres are widely used in glass fiber reinforced plastic products, composite foam plastic, artificial marble, compound wood, sound insulation heat preservation material, atomic ash, deep-sea buoyancy, bowling, low-density cement, sealing material, lightweight, resin handicraft, the mural wall hanging frame, wall plate sandwich layer structure of lightweight packaging materials, electronic industry, absorbing material, lightweight concrete, such as emulsion explosive.
Hollow glass microspheres also provide a conductive coating. Conductive coatings of optimized thickness provide spherical particles with excellent conductivity and shielding properties while maintaining the weight savings associated with hollow, low-density materials. These conductive microbubbles are suitable for military applications, biotechnology, medical devices, electronics and other special industries.
Hollow glass beads have obvious weight reduction and sound insulation and heat preservation effect so that the products have good cracking resistance and reprocessing performance, is widely used in engineering plastics, insulation materials, rubber, buoyancy material, FRP, artificial marble, man-made agate, generation of composite materials such as wood, and the oil industry, aerospace, communications, 5 g new high-speed trains, cars, ships, in areas such as thermal insulation coatings, adhesives, vigorously promote the development of science and technology.
Packing & Shipping of Hollow Glass Sphere Hollow Glass Beads:
We have many different kinds of packing which depend on hollow glass spheres quantity.
Hollow glass spheres packing: 1kg/bag, 25kg/barrel, or 200kg/ barrel.
Hollow glass spheres shipping: could be shipped out by sea, by air, by express as soon as possible once payment receipt.
Since February, gold has enjoyed a smooth upward run on the back of surging US inflation and the brewing of war. While expectations of rate rises have also risen in tandem over this period, gold had been largely pre-priced and the underlying driver of tightening expectations had come from inflation continuing to rise to record highs. The risk aversion caused by the continued tension in the war also provided an important short-term support for gold. This will have a certain impact on the price of the Hollow Glass Beads and the market of the Hollow Glass Beads.
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