Silica sand is the most common sand variety found in the world. Sand is a general term for a collection of broken-down granular forms of minerals or rocks. Silica sand is made up mostly of quartz particles that, over the years, have been broken down due to water or wind into tiny particles. Silica sand deposits are usually surface-mined, and the extracted ore undergoes rounds of processing to increase its purity levels. As a result, silica sand is a rich contributor to silica and is therefore widely used in the ceramic industry, glass making, paints and many other such industries.
Feldspars exhibit several remarkable physical properties, which drive their applications in a variety of sectors:
The rich silica content of Silica sand makes it highly useful in a lot of applications, given its remarkable physical and chemical properties:
Silica sand is widely used as a mineral abrasive used for industrial blasting, wherein it is pushed under pressure to smoothen a rough surface.
Silica from the silica sand is the main component in standard glass manufacturing processes ranging from window glass to glassware or specialised fibreglass.
Paints & Coatings
Silica is used as filler in the paints and coatings industry as it improves the paint's tint reduction and makes it resistant to dirt and wears and tear.
Ceramics & Refractories
Silica is extensively used to produce and glaze all types of ceramics like tableware and tiles, along with making critical parts of refractories.