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Plainsman Red Fireclay

OxideAnalysisFormula
BaO0.30%0.012
CaO0.50%0.055
MgO0.20%0.030
K2O0.30%0.020
Na2O0.10%0.010
P2O50.10%0.004
TiO21.00%0.077
Al2O316.60%1.000
SiO266.00%6.748
Fe2O36.90%0.265
MnO0.10%0.009
LOI7.90
Oxide Weight565.92
Formula Weight614.46
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SADR - Sieve Analysis Dry +48 mesh: 0-0.1% 48-65: 0-0.3 65-100: 0.2-1.0 100-150: 3.0-5.0 150-200: 6.0-8.0 200-325: 7.0-9

This is a material being developed by Plainsman as a more suitable subsitute for Newman firelcay than FireRed (samples should be available in July 2003). FireRed is a 50:50 mix of a non-plastic red fireclay and a plastic red stoneware with 15% of a highly bentonitic and iron speckled ball clay. This material differs from FireRed in that:
-it is ground finer reducing the coarser particle sizes up to 60 mesh, but it is actually coarser in the finer particle size range
-it employs the red fireclay only with 20% of a cleaner ball clay

This mix has a lower iron content than Newman so we will either recommend an addition or add it here.

Red Fireclay is ground to 60 mesh and is finer than Newman clay in the +65 mesh range
(thus there are none of the larger impurity grog-like particles common in Newman).
However in the minus 65 mesh range this material has a much better distribution of particle sizes.

In a test body containing 50% Newman, 25 feldspar, 15 ball clay and 10 silica the following was found:

-The Newman version felt smoother on the potters wheel with scattered larger
particles
-Both generated about the same amount of slip during throwing.
-The Newman version is brighter red in the raw state and messier to work with.
-The Newman version has up to 1% higher drying shrinkage yet its drying
performance (resistance to cracking) is a little better.
-The Newman version is not quite as plastic.
-The Newman version had significantly lower dry strength (this body was quite
non plastic, thus more than 15% ball clay is needed).
-The Newman version fired significantly redder but when 1.5% iron was added to the Plainsman Red Fireclay and the test rerun the fired color was the same.


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