Castings - Casting Sand Analysis
Summary of uses
After a metal is poured into a green sand mold, it is destroyed to remove the casting. After that, approx. 95% of the green sand is recovered and then reused by adding silica sand, bentonite, water, or other components as needed and kneading the mixture. Thus, green sand repeats the cycle of mixing and kneading, mold making, casting (pouring a molten metal into the mold), destroying the mold, and recovery by cooling. During this cycle, green sand undergoes compositional changes under the influence of heat produced by casting and mechanical friction.
In using green sand and controlling its quality, it is important to know its compositional changes. The special analytical method to know the composition of green sand is called a silica program.
Silica program and other analyses
We have had a permanent analysis team for more than 30 years, and served customers' needs for that time.
Silica program (active clay content, carbonaceous components, metal content, inactive fine powder, oolitics, quartz)
Ig-Loss, total clay content, particle size distribution, residual starch ratio, chemical composition (XRF), mineral composition (XRD), etc.
Green sand, silica sand (new sand), reconditioned sand, core sand (RCS), dust produced from circulation of green sand, etc.
* Not all items mentioned above can be analyzed for all these subjects of analysis.
Sale of testers for controlling green sand
We deal in various kinds of testers and reagents that are essential for controlling green sand in casting production sites.
Lineup of principal products
KUNITESTER AGC (green sand strength tester), CB measuring device, infrared aquameter, test cylinders, methylene blue solution for active clay measurement, etc.
Courses for green sand engineers
We hold courses that help foster those who control green sand. So far, more than 1,000 people have attended our courses.
The curriculum consists of lectures and practical training aimed at acquiring basic knowledge of green sand, and provides the best place for training those assigned to control green sand for the first time and new employees.
Major components of the curriculum
・Basic properties of materials that constitute casting sand.
・Field control by a silica program, etc.
・Property tests for kneaded sand, etc.
* We provide these courses for a fee.