Sand Blasting Media
Unprocessed Bulk Copper Slag for Industrial Use.
Saucon has large volumes of Copper Slag sized and suitable for Sand Blast Media. Copper Slag has shown to be an excellent sand blasting media as it is very hard with sharp edges. The material can also be re-used several times. Saucon has good volumes in two convenient locations in the U.S.
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The Copper Slag Process
Copper slag is a byproduct that is obtained from copper smelting, hence it is the waste of the copper purification, a process that is thought to have originated more than 4,000 years ago, when it is thought that ancient Middle East potter from Mesopotamia and Babylon developed primite open hearth furnaces to achieve the fire melting point to mold their first metal utensils. Today, there are countless copper slag suppliers that distribute this product that is mostly used as sandblasting media, but that can be used in building applications and projects, particularly those where concrete and stone need a binding agent.
However, back to the copper slag process, actually copper refineries produce two to three times this granulate waster for each one unit of copper that is purified after melting the rock that has it embedded. Copper incrustations may require more than one melting process before the metal reaches the purity grade required for its commercialization or industrial use, so the resulting waste is usually metal free, which is beneficial for copper slag blasting, since it is usually a 99.9 to 100% silica free. Even though when copper is properly refined, the waste may contain some of the metal, converting the slag for sale in a hazardous product that has to be used with care, avoiding prolonged inhalation that may lead to health risks, besides producing environmental pollution in this case.
You can always learn more about the quality of this material asking the person in charge at the places where you can find copper slag for sale. Copper smelting is an operation that besides melting uses air and chemicals to produce the reaction necessary to remove all unwanted materials from the metal, which is called tailings at this stage of the process. Tailings are disposed into tailing ponds that later are dried at high smelting temperatures to get the copper slag floating on the top of the waste. Even though, this material still has to undergo a sulfur dioxide gases removal to remove other impurities to continue the copper smelting process and the byproduct manufacturing.
Slag suppliers often ignore the whole process, but they can offer you their input about the superiority of copper slag over coal slag and other abrasive products. Whether you need to perform a blasting cleaning, paint or rust removal, as well as other repair and maintenance projects that need a powerful blast that produces smooth results, copper blast is worth it for your project. In addition, this is another fact that is worth keeping in mind, because copper slag is also a great fill material in the construction of buildings or paved roadways, thus the possibilities to use this slag are larger than using other abrasives.
Copper Slag Is a Good Alternative to Coal Slag
Around the world, the metal refining process produces tons of alloys that are used in the construction industry to produce byproducts, avoiding that mixtures go to waste. One of those byproducts is slag, an industrial mixture of silicon dioxide and metal oxides used to produce slag abrasives that range from medium grade to military specification grade. Black Beauty products are some of the most used abrasives for maintenance blasting, surface cleaning and for general purpose repairs; although “black beauty” is also a term used in construction in reference to any black slag abrasive regardless the brand label.
Coal slag abrasives have been using for years in rust removal and light paint, but the quality of copper slag is quickly gaining popularity for cleaning surfaces that require a sleek finish, although it can be also used with advantages in concrete and stone surfaces for blast cleaning and mill scale removal. Although, Black Beauty abrasive products such as Black Diamond sand are often used to remove rust from steel a flaky or very deteriorated surface, copper slag is more suitable for this cleaning process than slag coal. Copper slag is a byproduct resulting from smelting iron silicates, which results in a more refined abrasive product.
Sometimes abrasive sand blasting media is used to substitute black beauty slag in applications for new structural steel or special maintenance blasting, paint and rust removal and repair, copper slag works as an extra fine grade product that cleans most surfaces with low dusting and in with the industry standards when it comes to choosing a low free silica product. Aggregate exposure of coal slag sometimes reduce the blending capabilities of the product when fine tuning blasting is the goal in a cleaning process, so anyone using a black beauty abrasive may require two different products to obtain the finest finish, a thing that does not occur when copper slag is used instead.
Black beauty sand is better to obtain fine rust removal, but even then, the quality of a copper slag abrasive will always produce finer results with less effort. Along with this, copper slag will meet environmental standards and industry abrasives specifications Another advantage of copper slag is that it can be used to replace sand when working in concrete constructions, because it is a better binding agent than sand, keeping concrete gravel particles together while improving the properties of this material. Copper slag has little impact on the environment, thus it is often considered a first choice when recycling is part of the blasting tasks. The reason being it is free of the health hazards that other slag products have, it can be used safely to clean many other surfaces, including works where the blasting technique involves high pressure or spraying processes to cover large surfaces.
Copper Stamp Sand
Our Copper Stamp Sand is a clean basalt sand material that is a by-product of a physical process to remove Native Pure Copper from the surrounding rock. The copper and rock were placed under a large stamp or hammer, the physical force would free the pure native copper from the basalt rock for easy separation. What was left over is a very clean and useful basalt sand. The trace amounts of copper are a natural Algaecide or Algicide which helps that material resist natural algae and plant growth.
Saucon Minerals has millions of tons of Copper Stamp Sand available on the Great Lakes for easy transport to “rock poor” states such as Illinois of Iowa. This materials is excellent for road use, blocks and bricks, pond lining and Roofing Granules.