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  • E. Lemery

What Is Green Sand?

Updated: May 13

Green sand is a type of sand that is commonly used in sand casting. It is called "green" because of the moisture content in the sand, which provides it with a degree of plasticity, making it moldable and pliable.

Green sand is made up of a mixture of sand, clay, water, and other additives, such as coal dust or sea coal, which helps to reduce the risk of casting defects. The sand used in green sand is typically a silica sand, which is bonded with bentonite clay.

When preparing the green sand, the clay is mixed with water and then added to the sand, creating a moldable mixture. The sand is then packed around a pattern, which is a replica of the part being cast. The mold is left to dry and harden before the pattern is removed and molten metal is poured into the cavity.

Green sand does have some limitations. It is not suitable for producing parts with very tight tolerances or intricate geometries, as the sand may shift or deform during the casting process. Additionally, the moisture content of the sand can cause some casting defects, such as porosity, if not properly managed.

Limitations aside, green sand is a popular choice for sand casting due to its versatility, ease of use, and low cost. It can be used to cast a wide variety of metals and alloys, and is suitable for producing parts of various sizes and shapes. Additionally, green sand can be recycled and reused, reducing waste and environmental impacts.


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