The Pioneer Sands glossary of terms is a great resource for our customers and visitors. Here you can find definitions for many industry terms and acronyms regarding the multiple uses of industrial sands. You'll find this section to be a useful supplement to the research papers and case studies available through our website. Locate a definition in the immediate display of general terms or choose an industry from the list to find terms specific to their application.

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A liquid dust suppressant coating applied to silica sand during production to reduce nuisance and respirable dust.

Glass Sand

The single most common use of industrial sand is in glass making, where glass or quartz sand constitutes 65 percent of the weight of finished glass. Glass sand requires a high percentage of silica—the principal ingredient of sand—because the presence of other elements such as iron oxide and clay introduces visible impurities that mar the glass's transparency. Few sandstones or natural sands (such as beach or dune sand) are pure enough to yield glass without "beneficiation," or the removal of impurities through processing. Glass sands are graded according to average grain size, which can be determined by passing them through sieves of varying mesh openings.

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