In Egypt there are two main locations
of high quility silica sand 1st, Zaafrana
_ red sea and the 2nd, north and south Sinai
, The reseves in Zaafrana area and Sinai
are over thousands milion ton of high quality
silica sand . which supply the glass industries
, paints , foundries , chemicals and ceramics.
Silica sand for
sand for crystal,
Silica sand for foundry,
Silica sand for painting, Silica Sand for
oil and gas ,Silica Sand for Stamped concrete
,Silica Sand for water filtration ,Silica
Sand for gulf Course, Silica Sand for water
treatment, Silica sand for plastering ,Silica
Sand for sand plastering and for many many uses.etc
TAS produce the silica
sand with the next specifications: -
Silica Sand( grade A )
Over size 0.600mm 0.5 %
Under size 0.100mm 0.5 %
Silica Sand ( grade B )
( sio2 )
99.4 _ 99.6 %
( AL2O3 )
0.05 _ O.15%
( Fe2O3 )
0.012 _ O.O18 %
( Mg O )
0.05 % Max
( Ca O )
0.06 % Max
( TiO2 )
( L.O.I. )
0.18 % Max
0.04 % Max
Less than : 0.106 mm
0 to 2
From 0.106: 0.25 mm
From 0.25: 0.425 mm
From 0.425: 0.60 mm
5 to 10
Bigger than : 0.60
0 to 3
Silica Sand ( grade C )
Greater than 99 %
0.04 + 0.005%
0.35 to 0.45%
GRAIN SIZE Analysis:
Plus 30 mesh (0.59mm) 2%
Plus 40 mesh (0.42mm) 5% Maximum
Minus 40 mesh to plus 100 mesh > 80%
(0.42 to 0.15mm)
Minus 140 mesh (0.105mm) 5% Maximum
Minus 200 mesh (0.074mm) ZERO
Moisture: Less than 0.2%
NB. THE ABOVE CHARACTERISTICS REPRESENT THE AVERAGE ANALYSIS OF DIFFERENT SAMPLES FROM SIX DIFFERENT SITES IN OUR QUARRIES
Types of sand in nature and the difference between them, and their economic importance!
The other type is glass sand. It is also a type of silica sand, which is characterized by physical and chemical properties that fit, for example, with the glass industry. The size of the granules is often between 100 - 500 microns and the Fe2O3 iron oxide is less than 0.03%.
Sources of natural silica
Organic source as oil. It consists of the remains of skeletons of animals after being fossilized. The other source is the mineral source, which is the most common. This substance is found in most parts of the world because the Si element represents approximately 28% of the outer crust of the earth, about 12% of silica sand and the rest in mud form.
Silica sand is abundant in Egypt in many areas including:
Sable de silice
* North Sinai Governorate
* Abu Zneima area in South Sinai Governorate
* Zafarana area in the Red Sea Governorate, but this region is characterized by global purity and quality of sand.
Uses of silica sand:
* Used in making glassware, crystal glass, glass panel, glass fiber, glass optics.
* Plumbing Molds.
* Reduction factor for dissolving basal oxides in solubility processes.
* Materials refined, and in the manufacture of porcelain and bricks.
* Filters in floating water stations and swimming pools.
* Extrusion material used in the manufacture of rubber, plastic, paper, paints, and in a special type of cement.
* In various chemical industries such as detergents, production of sodium silicate, paints industry, and in the manufacture of pipes.
* Used in many industrial, technical, and medical fields.
* In the field of electronics such as the manufacture of solar panels, transistors, and other devices and industrial materials that underpin the advanced technology of silicon.
Classification of glass sand (Silica):
It is classified according to the standard specifications of the producing countries. According to British specifications, glass sand is classified into 3 categories: A, B, C
For type A: Sand is fine and used in the manufacture of glass lenses, so that the ratio of silica is not less than
(99.5%), and the percentage of iron oxides does not exceed (0.003%).
Class B: is a type used in the manufacture of decorative glass, and must contain silica not less than 99.5%, and the percentage of iron oxides is not more than
Class C is used for manufacturing glass of non-colored lenses and container glass for chemicals. Its silica content should not be less than 98.5% and the iron oxides should not exceed 0.03.
Silica sand is a natural wealth that is no less valuable than the rest of the wealth, whose material value increases after converting it from cheap raw material to the level of some other natural resources such as phosphates
map Silica Sand