Rhenium

Rhenium is mainly used in the aerospace and petrochemical industries. KGHM is the only European producer of the metal from its own resources.

General information

Rhenium is a precious and rare metal. Its melting point is 3186°C, which is the third highest melting point of all the elements. This, together with the highest boiling point (5596°C), high density (21.03 g/cc) and high hardness and resistance to corrosion and deformation, makes rhenium unique. Rhenium is a strategic commodity in applications requiring resistance to extreme high temperatures.

Due to its unique properties rhenium is used, inter alia, for the production of jet engine turbine components, gas turbines, and spacecraft shields. Rhenium enables engine's operation at higher temperatures, which improves its  performance and fuel consumption economy alike.

Rhenium is also used in the petrochemical industry as a catalyst in the production of high-octane gasoline. It is also used for the production of heating elements, electrical contacts, electrodes, electromagnets, vacuum and X-ray tubes, flashbulbs, metallic coatings, and  of rocket engine components. Rhenium's  unique properties make it suitable and attractive for all applications requiring resistance to high temperatures, and damage and deformation.

For KGHM rhenium is a by-product of the copper production process.

Metallic rhenium

KGHM produces its metallic rhenium in the form of gray tablets. It is used in the production of super-alloys for aircraft engine and gas turbine components. It is also used in the production of filaments and heat shields. High quality of KGHM's metallic rhenium is guaranteed by certificates of worldwide recognized laboratories, and its stability and the metal's availability by KGHM's ownership of its permanent source  - own copper deposits containing this precious element.

produCT Metallic rhenium
Purity
Re min. 99.95% 
(guaranteed specification is attached below)

 
Total impurities
Max. 600 ppm
(incl. max. 500 ppm of oxygen)
Application Superalloys, filaments, thermal covers
Properties
Appearance: solid form, grey tablets (pellets)
Dimensions: 12.4 mm in diameter, , 5.8–7.8 mm in height
Odour – not perceptible
Melting point: 3180°C
Boiling point: 5630°C
Relative density: 9.5–10,5 g/cm3
Solubility in water: insoluble
Packaging Tablets (pellets) are packed into polyethylene bags under argon and then into plastic containers of 2.5 litre capacity (containing 10 kg of metallic rhenium in the form of pellets). The containers are packed into cartons (2 units per carton).

Guaranteed specification - Metallic rhenium (PDF 136 KB)

 Material safety data sheet - methalic rhenium (PDF 65 KB)

If you are interested in purchasing this product please call to Sales Department, phone +48 767478898 or go to the contact form.

Ammonium perrhenate 

Ammonium perrhenate is a white, crystalline powder. It is used in the petrochemical industry as catalysts in the production of high-octane gasoline. It is also an intermediate for the production of powder and metallic rhenium. High quality of KGHM's ammonium perrhenate is guaranteed by certificates of worldwide recognized laboratories, and its stability and the material's availability by KGHM's ownership of its permanent source  - own copper deposits containing this precious element.

produCT
Ammonium perrhenate (NH4ReO4)
Purity
Catalytic grade:
Re min. 69.4%
(guaranteed specification is attached below) 

 
Total impurities Max. 100 ppm
Application Catalytic industry
Properties
Appearance: white crystalline powder
Odour – not perceptible
Relative density: 3.97 kg/dm3
Dissolubility in water: 59.55 g/dm3
Decomposition in temperature of approx. 313°C
Packaging
Plastic containers of 2.5 litre capacity (containing 5 kg of ammonium perrhenate), packed into cartons (4 units per carton).

Guaranteed specyfication - Ammonium perrhenate (PDF 127 KB)

 Material safety data sheet - Ammonium perrhenate (PDF 65 KB)

If you are interested in purchasing this product please call to Sales Department, phone +48 767478898 or go to the contact form.

Rhenium powder

Rhenium powder is used, inter alia, in the medical industry. It is an additive in the super alloys used in production of components that require resistance to high temperatures, such as aircraft engine parts, gas turbines, filaments and heat shields. Intensive work is also underway on the use of rhenium as a component of materials for 3D printers.

Rhenium powder of minimal rhenium content of 99,7% is produced to individual client’s order.

If you are interested in purchasing this product please call to Sales Department, phone +48 767478898 or go to the contact form.