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Asbestos - Uses

material cement structures fabricated

About two-thirds of the world production of chrysotile is used to make asbestos cement. That material can be fabricated into corrugated or flat sheets for use as a building material in industrial and agricultural structures. Altering the process by which the asbestos cement is made can improve thermal, acoustical, and other properties to make it more suitable for interior structures also. Asbestos cement can also be fabricated as cylinders, making a material that is suitable for ducts and pressure pipes.

Long-fiber asbestos is used in other kinds of applications. It can be woven alone or with other fibers (such as glass fibers) to make protective clothing for fire fighters, brake and clutch linings, electrical insulation, moldings for automobile components, and linings for chemical containers.


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