The amphibole class of asbestos minerals composition separates into straight, needle-like fibers. These fibers are much easier to inhale than the serpentine asbestos type chrysotile.
Since they are more readily inhaled and can become quite fractured when breathed into lung tissue, amphibole asbestos types are considered more deadly than those in the serpentine class.
Like all asbestos minerals, amosite has a high heat and flame resistance. Amosite is also incredibly absorbent of both liquids and wave energies. It also exhibits good tensile strength relative to its abundance in the Earth’s crust.
The brown color amosite gives off is a result of the mineral form’s high iron content.
Amosite Asbestos Uses
With a high absorption ability, amosite was commonly used in materials to reduce condensation or provide acoustic insulation against sound travel.
Amosite tensile strength and heat resistance made it a common additive for structural steel, as well.
Before the 1970s, amosite was produced in great quantities from large mines located in South Africa. The mineral was so popular for use as an additive in building materials that it was the second-most popular asbestos type after chrysotile. At one point, five percent of all asbestos products in buildings contained amosite.
The construction industry used amosite commonly from the 1920s to the late 1960s for preformed materials including insulation boards, slabs, pipes and pipe fitting covers.
Around the 1970s, many countries banned its use as its highly friable fibers were discovered to be quite dangerous, second only to crocidolite in its ability to cause asbestos-related cancers. Mining in South Africa ceased in the early 2000s.
Common Products Made with Amosite Asbestos:
- Insulation boards
- Structural steel
- Pipe fitting covers
- Ceiling tiles
- Acoustic insulation
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