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Alternate Names: Soapstone


Steatite occurs in nature as soap stone. But it is also a manufactured ceramic, a crystalline form of magnesium silicate. It is a low loss, low cost, relatively good strength insulating material which can function safely at temperatures up to 2,000° F.

Related Information

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Oxide Analysis Formula
URLs http://www.associatedceramics.com/steatite.htm
Steatite properties page at Associated Ceramics
URLs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soapstone
Soapstone at Wikipedia
Glossary Refractory
In the ceramic industry, refractory materials are those that can withstand a high temperature without deforming or melting. Refractories are used to build and furnish kilns.
Materials Sierralite Talc

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