High Silica Sand is also commonly known as industrial and glass sand. Silicon and oxygen are two of the most abundant elements on earth, and together they make silica which is one of three of the most common rock forming minerals.
The sand is of high purity with closely controlled sizing which gives it a more precise finish.
Silica is a very durable mineral resistant to heat and chemical attack and it is these properties that have made it industrially interesting to man for manufacturing of many goods.
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Industrial & Manufacturing
In the industrial and manufacturing industries deposits of silica can be used in applications like foundries and filtration systems.
The sand is commonly used in the manufacturing of glass, where the size of the grains is important in regards to glass quality. It is the primary component in all types of glass and provides the essential Si02 component of glass formulation and its chemical purity is the primary determinant of colour, clarity and strength. In its pulverised form it can be used for fiber glass creation.
Silica Sand can be used in large quantities as a moulding sand in the foundry industry, as a body constitute in the ceramic and sometimes is added to the raw material for cement manufacturing for balance.
Silica sand free from organic and clayey impurities are used also in the manufacturing of sand paper and abrasive cloth.
Silica sand is the primary structural component in a range of building and construction products.
It can be used in flooring compounds, mortars, specialty cements, roofing shingles, skid resistant surfaces and asphalt mixtures to provide packing density and and flexural strength.
Metal Casting & Production
Silica sand plays a critical role in the production of a range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
It operates as a lux to lower the melting point and viscosity of the slags to make them more reactive and efficient.
Lump silica is also used either alone or with lime to achieve the correct base/acid ratio for purification.
Silica sand can be used to cater for all your landscaping needs. There are no limits when using the sand for decoration but it can be used to create artificial beaches, on golf courses, to create sandpits, in gardens and in landscaping projects - the possibilities are endless.
Don't just settle for using silica for your own decorating, silica sand is also ideal for use in aquariums
Silicon based chemicals are the foundation of thousands of everyday applications from food processing to soap and dye production.
In this case, SiO2 is reduced to silicon metal by coke in an arc furnace, to produce the Si precursor of other chemical processes.
Industrial sand is the main component in chemicals such as sodium silicate, silicon tetrachloride and silicon gels. These chemicals are used in products like household and industrial cleaners, to manufacture fiber optics and to remove impurities from cooking oil and brewed beverages.
Paint and coatings
Paint formulators use the silica sand to improve the appearance and durability of paint and coatings. High purity silica contributes critical performance properties such as brightness and reflectance, color consistency, and oil absorption.
In architectural paints, silica fillers improve tint retention, durability, and resistance to dirt, mildew, cracking and weathering. Low oil absorption allows increased pigment loading for improved finish color. In marine and maintenance coatings, the durability of silica imparts excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance.
Ceramics & Refractories
Ground silica is an essential component of the glaze and body formulations of all types of ceramic products, including tableware, sanitary ware and floor and wall tile.
In the ceramic body, silica is the skeletal structure upon which clays and flux components attach. The SiO2 contribution is used to modify thermal expansion, regulate drying and shrinkage, and improve structural integrity and appearance.
Filtration and Water Production
Industrial sand is used in the filtration of drinking water, the processing of wastewater and the production of water from wells.
Uniform grain shapes and grain size distributions produce efficient filtration bed operation in removal of contaminants in both potable water and wastewater.