Silica sand is used in multiple industries:
Water Filtration and Waste Treatment
Silica Sand is used in the filtration of drinking water, the processing of waste water 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 waste water. Chemically inert, silica will not degrade or react when it comes in contact with acids, contaminants, volatile organics or solvents. Silica gravel is used as packing material in deep water wells to increase yield from the aquifer by expanding the permeable zone around the well screen and preventing the particles from the formation.
Silica Sand is used in beach volleyball fields, golf courses, artificial fields, horse racing courses and horse training courses and for the areas of gardening, landscaping, etc. It enables the fields to be used for long periods of time without any possible damage since it provides for the drainage of the surface water due to its high degree of water permeability and low amount of clay ratio.
Paints and Road Markings
Paint formulators especially in the marine paint and the road marking paints select micron sized Silica Sands to improve the appearance and durability of architectural and industrial paint and coatings. High purity silica Improved visual properties such as brightness, reflectance, color consistency, and low 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, maintenance coatings and road marking paints; the durability of silica imparts excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance.
Building & Construction Products
Silica Sand is the primary structural component in a lot of building and construction products. It is used in sectors of; Tile-Ceramic Adhesives, Grouting Mixtures, Surface Hardeners, Glass Wool Production. Also, Silica Sand is resistant against high level of abrasion and against weathering and has high degree of chemical stability.
Ceramic and refractory
Ground silica is an essential component of the glaze and body formulation of any types of ceramic products including tableware, sanitary ware and floor & wall tile.
In the ceramic body, silica is skeletal structure upon which clay and flux component attach.
The SiO2 contribution is used to modify thermal expansion, regulate drying shrinkage and improve structural integrity and appearance.
Silica products are also used as the primary aggregate in both shape and monolithic type refractories to provide high temperature resistance to acidic attack in industrial furnaces.
Silica sand is the primary raw material of all types of glass production including flat building glass (windows, mirrors, sheets, vehicle glazing, etc.), containers glass (bottles and jars), and tableware (lead crystal, drinking glasses, etc.). Silica Sand is also used for creating various patterns on the glass surfaces by the use of spraying method.
Silica Sand is an essential part of the ferrous and non-¬ferrous foundry industry for molding and core-making applications. Because of the sand’s high silica levels and ability to meet a wide range of specifications, workers in the foundry industry can produce high integrity castings, free of defects and with superior surface finishes.
Silica Sand is the main component in chemicals such as sodium silicate, silicon tetra-chloride 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.
Silica Sand is used for the CTP Pipe production together with glass wool, fiber glass and with resin in order to provide strength for the pipe.
Silica Sand is an excellent abrasive material in many industrial processes such as sandblasting.