Answered By: Beth Hylen Last Updated: Sep 30, 2016 Views: 12
Silica is not separated from the sand. Companies mine “high purity and commercially viable deposits” that are processed “to increase the silica content by reducing impurities. [The sand]… is then dried and sized to produce the optimum particle size distribution for the intended application….”
The Industrial Minerals Association - North America (IMA-NA) represents companies which extract and process a group of raw materials known as industrial minerals: http://www.ima-na.org/ Many of these minerals are used to make glass. They may be able to help you find local sources for raw materials.
This 1996 article discusses high quality silica sand in Saudi Arabia: http://books.google.com/books?id=WeEVyIyuRgcC&pg=PA111&lpg=PA111&dq=industrial+material+suppliers+saudi+arabia+silica&source=bl&ots=rT51h6DqJP&sig=dPZw6NOsJw0MOb9xcBeHUUEGTbI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=oUeJUZD7MYim9gT6rYGwCA&ved=0CFAQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=industrial%20material%20suppliers%20saudi%20arabia%20silica&f=false From: Mine Planning and Equipment Selection 1996: Proceedings of the Fifth ...
edited by Lineu Azuaga Ayres Da Silva, Aurthur Pinto Chaves. Rotterdam, 1996, pp. 111-115.
You may wish to try an internet search to find directories of suppliers. (For example: “industrial material suppliers Saudi Arabia”)
Take a look at Charles Bray’s Ceramic and Glass: a Basic Technology. Sheffield, UK: Society of Glass Technology, 2000. The pages include a list of some common raw (batch) materials used for glassmaking, as well as some representative glass recipes.
For a more in-depth discussion of raw materials used in glassmaking, try:
Pincus, Alexis George. Raw materials in the glass industry. Compiled by Alexis G. Pincus and David H. Davies. New York, N.Y. : Ashlee Pub. Co., 1983. 2 v. (xii, 458 p.) Bibliography: v. 2, p. 436-451. (Processing in the glass industry) Location: Stacks TP858 .P64r & Location: Microforms F-9666.
Tooley, Fay V. “Raw Materials” and “Update” (Chapter 2), IN the book: Tooley, Fay V. The Handbook of Glass Manufacture: a Book of Reference for the Plant Executive, Technologist, and Engineer. 3rd ed. 2 vols. New York: Books for the Glass Industry, Ashlee Publishing, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 19 - 56-11.
Bauer, William C. and Tooley, Fay V. “Batch Materials: Handling and Preparation” and “Update” (Chapter 3), IN the book: Tooley, Fay V. The Handbook of Glass Manufacture: a Book of Reference for the Plant Executive, Technologist, and Engineer. 3rd ed. 2 vols. New York: Books for the Glass Industry, Ashlee Publishing, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 57 - 90-15.
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This website gives a very simplified overview of glassmaking: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Glass.