Handling, Storage & Transport of Carbon Black

The handling of Carbon Black

Car­bon Black is available in pow­der and bead form. Hand­ling sys­tems vary con­sider­a­b­ly depen­ding on the form of the car­bon black.
Car­bon Black is main­ly sup­pli­ed in bags, big bags and silos.

Pow­der car­bon black has a low bulk den­si­ty, resul­ting in hig­her trans­port cos­ts, and is usual­ly bag­ged due to its rela­tively poor flow cha­rac­te­ristics. Silos, eco­no­my, freight, cle­an­li­ne­ss or spe­ci­fic requi­re­ments, may neces­si­ta­te the use of a bea­ded car­bon black. Bea­ded car­bon black is much easier to hand­le due to its much bet­ter flow and con­vey­ing properties.

When using bea­ded car­bon black, the wet­tin­g/p­re-mixing times should be exten­ded as much as pos­si­ble so that bead dis­so­lu­ti­on is assu­red. A com­poun­der can expect that disper­si­on will requi­re more work when using bea­ded car­bon black. This extra work, could be avo­ided by fil­ling the beads fas­ter into the mixing unit.


Car­bon Black should be stored in a clean and dry place whe­re it is not expo­sed to high tem­pe­ra­tures, open fla­mes and strong aro­ma­tic chemicals.


Car­bon Black is not an ADR, eit­her a flamma­ble solid or a self-hea­ting sub­s­tance under the UN Recom­men­da­ti­ons on the Trans­port of Dan­ge­rous Goods and the Inter­na­tio­nal Mari­ti­me Dan­ge­rous Goods Code.

Car­bon Black is not clas­si­fied as a dan­ge­rous good by the fol­lo­wing agencies:
- Bra­zi­li­an Minis­try of Trans­port - GEIPOT
- Cana­di­an Dan­ge­rous Goods Regu­la­ti­ons (TDG)
- Euro­pean Dan­ge­rous Goods Regu­la­ti­ons with the RAIL - RID, on the road - ADR or on the Rhi­ne - ADNR
- Inter­na­tio­nal Air Trans­port Asso­cia­ti­on (IATA) United Nati­ons (no UN number)
- US Depart­ment of Trans­por­ta­ti­on of Hazar­dous Mate­ri­als regu­la­ti­ons (DOT, GGVS and GGVE)

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