Raw Materials for Glass and Ceramics: Sources, Processes, and Quality Control / Edition 1

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Now in one volume-all the raw materials used in the ceramic and glass industries

A basic understanding of where raw materials come from and how they are processed is critical to attaining consistent raw material batches-an essential factor to maintaining steady production. The solution is Raw Materials for Glass and Ceramics, a complete resource of up-to-date information and analysis on the raw materials used in the glass and ceramic industries.

Raw Materials for Glass and Ceramics presents all classes of materials, the roles they play, their sources and extraction processes, and quality control issues and regulations impacting the industry, as well as:

  • A thorough description of the formation and evaluation of raw material deposits and location of the important sources
  • Complete analysis of all the raw materials used in the ceramic and glass industries, including natural, processed, recycled, and synthetic materials
  • An explanation of the raw materials industry, including transportation, environmental and health concerns, and quality specifications
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Based on an extensive literature research, this volume provides a complete overview of up-to-date information and analysis on all the raw materials used in the ceramic and glass industries." (Verre, April 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471479420
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/17/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTOPHER W. SINTON is an adjunct assistant professor of Geology at the University of Vermont and the CEO of CSL Materials LLC.

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Table of Contents


1 Introduction.

2 The Source—Earth, Minerals, and Mineral Deposits.

2.1 Formation of the Earth and Distribution of the Elements.

2.2 Rocks, Minerals, and Mineralogy.

2.3 Geologic Processes and Formation of Mineral Deposits.

2.4 Exploration and Deposit Evaluation.

3 Mineral Extraction and Processing.

3.1 Mining.

3.2 Comminution.

3.3 Particle Selection, Classification, and Separation.

3.4 Dewatering and Drying.

4 The Raw Materials Industry.

4.1 Demand and Resource Availability.

4.2 Relationship between Supplier and Manufacturer.

4.3 Purchasing.

4.4 Transportation.

5 Naturally Occurring Materials.

5.1 Silica.

5.2 Clay.

5.3 Pyrophyllite, Talc, and Wollastonite.

5.4 Feldspar and Nepheline Syenite.

5.5 Limestone, Dolostone, and Magnesia.

5.6 Soda Ash.

5.7 Lithia.

5.8 Anhydrous Aluminosilicates.

6 Processed and Synthetic Materials.

6.1 Alumina.

6.2 Borates.

6.3 Zirconia.

6.4 Rare Earth Elements.

6.5 Carbides and Nitrides.

7 Recycled and Waste Materials.

7.1 Glass Cullet.

7.2 Slags and Ashes.

8 Characterization and Quality Control.

8.1 Inspection and Sampling.

8.2 Mineral and Phase Identification.

8.3 Bulk Chemical Analysis.

8.4 Thermal Analysis.

8.5 Particle-Size Distribution.

8.6 Powder Density.

8.7 Specific Surface Area.

8.8 Quality Management Systems.



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