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M&D Ball Clay

Oxide Analysis Formula
CaO 0.50% 0.03
K2O 0.50% 0.02
MgO 0.50% 0.05
TiO2 1.31% 0.06
Al2O3 27.33% 1.00
SiO2 57.46% 3.57
Fe2O3 2.31% 0.05
LOI10.09%
Oxide Weight 335.56
Formula Weight 373.22

Notes

A very fine-grained montmorillontic bearing ball clay with exceptional strength and plasticity. M&D is considered the strongest ball clay on the market today. It is used primarily in plastic formed bodies, and by the refractories and electrical porcelain industries.

Physical Properties
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Water of Plasticity*: 37.0%
% Dry Shrinkage*: 6.5
Dry M.O.R., psi:* 825
pH: 4.4
C.E.C., meq/100g: 11.0
Specific Surface Area, sq metre/g: 24.4
Soluble sulfur+: Low

P.C.E.: 32

Particle Size, Microns: 20 10 5 2 1 0.5 0.2
(% finer than) 99% 97% 93% 81% 72% 56% 35%

Fired Properties
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Cone 5 10
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Total Shrinkage: 13.0% 14.5%
Absorption: 10.0% 1.0%

Shipped from Mayfield, KY

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*Extruded, 50% ball clay, 50% flint
+Low-trace to 150, Med-150-400, High-450+
**50% Clay, 50% Nepheline Syenite

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Typecodes Ball Clay
Ball clays are abundant and very plastic and are used in all types of plastic forming bodies. They are not as white-burning or refractory as kaolins but lower in iron and fluxes than bentonites.

By Tony Hansen


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