4.4 Other application areas
Aside from the structural elements and other construction products, the so-called friction products are an important application area for Asbestos. These are primarily in the form of Asbestos containing brake and clutch linings, which are to some extent still found in numerous countries.
The many mechanical, physical and chemical properties of Asbestos have generated many additional application forms. Table 14 presents an overview of these Asbestos containing products. In total, Asbestos manufacturing (manufacturing of Asbestos containing products) amounts to about 30 - 40 million tons per year (1985).
Table 14: Summary of Asbestos Containing Products
Source: US-EPA Asbestos Waste Management Guidance - Generation. Transport, Disposal; 1985
Comment: The stated dates are to be taken relatively and can vary depending on the country; the term "present" indicates that these products can still be found.
Due to the combination of material properties, Asbestos is also used in street construction, in the manufacturing of rubber and tires and in the production of vehicles, airplanes and ships.
Table 15 shows the main uses of chrysotile Asbestos and their typical trade classifications.
Table 15: Usual Trade Classification of Chrysolite Asbestos
*) Classes 1 and 2 refer to hand-picked unprocessed Asbestos pieces with fibers of more than 19 mm (Crude 1) and of cat 9.5 to 19 mm lengths (Crude 2); Classes 3-8 refer to Asbestos qualities according to mechanical processing (milled fibers): Classification according to normed sifling methods of the QAPA (Quebec Asbestos Producers Association).
Source: Frank, K.: Asbestos Hamburg 1952, (cited from the UBA-Report 1180)
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