|Packaging Size||50 KG|
|Grade||DRILLING GRADE AS PER API STANDARD|
Hello, here is a quick briefing on bentonite:
(1) Minerology of bentonite -
Bentonite is a type of clay called the "mineral of a thousand uses". Bentonite consists mostly of one or more members of the smectite-group (formerly the montmorillonite-group) minerals.
(2) 3 variants of bentonite -
- Swelling bentonite (aka sodium bentonite) swells in the presence of water and is usually used in its natural state.
- Non-swelling bentonite (aka calcium bentonite) is typically treated before using
- Lithium rich "hectorite" which is commercially mined only in the US
(3) Properties of bentonite -
Bentonite has a very high surface area, and it is valued for its ability to bond, swell, seal, and its rheology features. Chemical - bentonite has the ability for "cation exchange" which means that bentonite is very good at purifying and absorbing unwanted chemicals and toxins.
(4) Uses of bentonite
There are many uses of bentonite, and multiple markets to sell bentonite into. These industries and products include:
- Absorbents for pet waste (ie kitty litter)
- Animal feed
- Drilling mud (ie drilling grade bentonite, tested in accordance with American Petroleum Institute standards)
- Filtering, clarifying, decolorizing of oils ( ie : Animal, mineral, and vegetable oils and greases)
- Foundry sand
- Pelletizing of iron ore (these pellets are the raw material for foundries, and bentonite is used as a binding agent during the pelletizing process)
- Waterproofing and sealing
- Miscellaneous uses which includes miscellaneous absorbents, ceramics, refractory sales, and filler and extender applications