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Friction Materials

Graphite and carbonaceous raw materials are used as friction modifiers for balancing cohesive and adhesive frictional forces. These materials cushion friction particles to optimize stopping performance and pedal feel. They also offer lubrication against the brake drum, or rotor, thermal conductivity to dissipate heat during heavy braking, and offers increased strength properties to retain friction material integrity. Superior Graphite offers a number of solutions to meet the demanding rigors of friction material applications. The Formula FX® line of materials has been designed to offer high purity, consistent particle size distributions, and unique physical characteristics needed for general and high performance formulations.

The new Resilient Graphitic Carbon™ materials (RGC) are a specialized product line offering unique properties providing optimum performances for demanding customers. RGC is produced using Superior Graphite’s proprietary continuous High Temperature technology and carefully selected feed materials. By applying this innovative processing technology and premium raw materials, such performance is unmatched, and only available through Superior Graphite. RGC particles; due to their very specific morphology and high porosity act like a spring, a property called resiliency. Applied in low concentrations as a friction modifier for brake pad applications, it greatly improves performance parameters such as compressibility control and wear-noise reduction leading to improved comfort of OEM, OES and AM formulations. RGC can be used in NAO, as well as semi-metallic and low steel formulations, but also in sintered brake pads for trains and motorbikes.

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Formula FX (Friction Modifier)

Formula FX® (Friction Modifier)


Advancing Friction Performance
Designed to meet the rigorous requirements of the Friction Industry, Formula FX® is available in a variety of grades, each with distinct performance characteristics to satisfy specific industry applications, as well as special engineering requirements.

Offering improved product performance in new generation friction materials, some products in the Formula FX® family utilize a proprietary thermal purification process. This unique technology delivers the ultimate level of quality and performance required of these specialized friction products.

This family of materials utilizes a variety of carbonaceous materials, from synthetic to crystalline flake graphite to calcined petroleum cokes, ...
Resilient Graphitic Carbons™ (Friction Modifier, Polymers)

Resilient Graphitic Carbons™ (Friction Modifier, Polymers)


Resilient Graphitic Carbons™ materials are one of the most specialized graphitic carbons available today. This product is produced using a patented high temperature purification technology. Utilizing premium raw materials, Resilient Graphitic Carbons™ are developed with the end user in mind. These raw material sources are selected for quality, consistency, and both unique chemical composition and morphology. Once exposed to the thermal purification process, these materials are transformed into materials with high purity and the added benefit of resiliency.

Resilient Graphitic Carbons™ are used for highly innovative products in different applications:
  • Friction Materials
  • Polymer Composites
  • Carbon Brushes and Parts