Pyrolytic graphite

Pyrolytic Graphite

Pyrolytic graphite is a special form of graphite, manufactured by the decomposition of a hydrocarbon gas at high temperatures. The result is an incredibly pure non-metal material, with a density of > 2.10g/cm3 and a melting point of 3520-3650°C.

Thanks to its layered structure, pyrolytic graphite is also anisotropic. That means it demonstrates different properties when measured in different directions.

In the A-B plane (i.e. in the direction of the layers), the links between its atoms are strong and – as such – it displays high thermal conductivity and high strength. By contrast, in the C plane (i.e. across the layers), the links are weak – and as a result, it exhibits the opposite, acting as an insulator with comparatively low strength.

Applications of Pyrolytic Graphite

Pyrolytic graphite has a wide range of useful properties and, as a result, it’s used across a broad spectrum of sectors. However, it’s most commonly found within the aviation, aerospace, medical, metallurgy and chemical industry. It’s also frequently used for its magnetism and as a semi-conductor.

Looking to buy pyrolytic graphite?

Look no further than Special Metals. We currently have pyrolytic graphite for sale as part of our materials department and, thanks to the skills and expertise of our fabrication team, we can create a range of pyrolytic graphic products on your behalf.

These products include:

  • pyrolytic graphite tubes and crucibles
  • pyrolytic graphite sheets
  • pyrolytic graphite plates
  • pyrolytic graphite balls

We also offer graphite parts and fittings with a pyrolytic graphic coating, thus improving their performance in terms of corrosion-resistance and anti-oxidation.

If you have any questions about pyrolytic graphite and how this unique product could be of benefit to you, please feel free to get in touch. We’re proud to be a UK-leading pyrolytic graphite supplier and our team have excellent knowledge about its uses and properties. So why not give us a call today? You can reach us on +86-755-29936699 or send an email to and we’ll get back to you.