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Sand Silica Calculator

Silica Sand—the most common ingredient in glass



Percentage of Sand and Silica


Defination / Uses

Silica Sand—the most common ingredient in glass. Whether the glass is container glass, window glass, Boro-silicate glass, fiberglass or water glass (sodium silicate), silica sand makes up approximately 60-70 Percent of the glass batch and therefore has a significant affect on the glass quality.


Industrial abrasives, water filtration, glassmaking, paints & coatings, ceramics & refractories, and construction materials all use silica sand.

Sand silica is a white or colourless crystalline substance found in abundance as quartz, sand, flint, agate, and many other minerals and utilised to make a wide range of products, including glass and concrete.

How to Different from Regular Sand

Regular sand, also known as feldspathic sand, brown sand, or brick sand, will always have some silica in it, but only in small amounts. Typical brown sand used in concrete applications, for example, can include up to 80% SiO2, as well as variable amounts of iron, carbonate, potassium, and other trace elements/minerals.
When compared to silica sand, these impurities make regular sand more chemically reactive and usually darker in colour. Non-silica sands (normal sands) come in various of colours, including white, pink, green, and black, depending on the geological makeup and location of the sand deposit. Use the upper given formula for manual calculations. No sign-up, registration OR captcha is required to use this tool.