Accession Number : AD0693871

Title :   TRENDS IN USAGE OF MERCURY. REPORT OF THE PANEL ON MERCURY COMMITTEE ON TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF CRITICAL AND STRATEGIC MATERIALS.

Corporate Author : NATIONAL MATERIALS ADVISORY BOARD (NAS-NAE) WASHINGTON D C

Report Date : SEP 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 48

Abstract : Roughly, one quarter of the mercury consumed in the U. S. goes into electrical apparatus, another quarter to electrolytic cells, and 11 percent to paints. Usage in electrical apparatus, electrolytic cells, paint, and catalysts appears to be growing, uses which now consume two-thirds of the total. No significant new uses for mercury were uncovered. Consumption is predicted to grow from the current rate of 73,855 flasks per year to about 83,544 flasks in 1974-1975. Recent price fluctuations have accelerated the search for substitutes. Only in a few areas do there appear to be technical and economic substitution possibilities; however, the trend is to design to permit the use of less mercury in each device. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MERCURY, COMMERCE), PRODUCTION, UNITED STATES, INDUSTRIES, PREDICTIONS, STATISTICAL DATA, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, ELECTROLYTIC CELLS, PAINTS, CATALYSTS

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE