POCO Graphite Trip Report
Last Thursday our engineering materials class took a trip to POCOGraphite located in Somewhere, Someplace. We had the pleasure of touringthe plant, specifically the research and development laboratories. This tourlet us experience what it feels like to test and research materials used tomake high quality graphite.When we arrived at the plant the first thing was to meet in thepresentation room and received our ID badges for entrance to the cominglabs. Then we proceeded to the labs where graphite samples are collectedfrom every shift and analyzed purity and quality content. In order to satisfyand keep high standards for their customers POCO must perform this routinedaily.Inside these labs hold rooms with very sophisticated, expensiveequipment used to determine tensile strength, thermal conductivity, andrigidity as well as many other metallurgical characteristics. They hold thehonor of having mass spectrometer machine in the U.S. which assists theengineers in the lab the ability to test the graphite samples for purificationand use in for semi-conductors. These allow for the finest quality graphitewhich is grinded to a one to twenty micron powder and is then tested for it’spurity.
When we completed our tour of the laboratory the presentation POCO Graphite company