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optiKast Kaolin

Large Particle Size Kaolin

Alternate Names: OptiCast

OxideAnalysisFormula
CaO0.10%0.005
K2O0.10%0.003
Na2O0.10%0.004
TiO21.60%0.053
Al2O338.70%1.000
SiO245.20%1.982
Fe2O30.50%0.008
C0.03
LOI13.60
SO30.04
Oxide Weight227.46
Formula Weight263.47
If this formula is not unified correctly please contact us.
MORD - Modulus of Rupture - Dry 225 psi (50/50 clay/silica)
SAMG - Surface Area (m2/gm) 11.0
L5 - % < 5 microns 74.0
L5M - % < 0.5 microns 18.0
P325 - % Passing 325 Mesh Wet 94.0
L20M - % < 20 microns 94.0
L10M - % < 10 microns 85.0
L2M - % < 2 microns 55.0
L1M - % < 1 micron 37.0
pHPW - pH for dry powder 5.7

optiKast is a coarse-grained kaolin used primarily in ceramic casting applications. It has a very fast cast and exceptional deflocculation characteristics. Thus optiKasT is preferred in pressure casting systems.

Velvacast kaolin is no longer available, this is the recommended substitute. One concern with Velvacast was its dark fired color (compared to other common plastic kaolins). Opticast has higher iron and TiO2 contents, this could impact translucency in porcelains, for example. Thus you may need to fire tests and adjust other materials in the recipe if needed. We have done fired shrinkage, porosity, dry performance and plasticity comparison tests between these two materials Oct 2011 and they do appear very similar, Opticast is a little more plastic and does not appear to fire darker at cone 8 and 10.


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XML for Import into INSIGHT

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