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What is Ball Clay? What are its Properties, Processing

Functions: The major functions of the ball and plastic clays in ceramic bodies are: Provide fine particles Higher plasticity and workability Higher dry and lower fired shrinkages Higher unfired strength Make ceramic bodies buff burning, low maturing and less translucent due to the presence of a

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Ball Clays Ceramic Arts Network

30/03/2017· Because of its unique properties, it is logical to assume that ball clay is a particular clay mineral. That isn’t true. Technically speaking, all ball clays are mostly kaolinite, the same clay mineral that makes up kaolins. The majority of ceramic clays used around the world are kaolins. If ball clay is mainly kaolinite, what makes ball clay different than ordinary kaolin? The answer is

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Ball clay Wikipedia

Ball clays are kaolinitic sedimentary clays that commonly consist of 20–80% kaolinite, 10–25% mica, 6–65% quartz. Localized seams in the same deposit have variations in composition, including the quantity of the major minerals, accessory minerals and carbonaceous materials such as lignite. They are fine-grained and plastic in nature, and, unlike most earthenware clays, produce a fine quality white-coloured pottery body when fired, which is the key to their popularity with potters.

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Ball Clay Imerys Ceramics

Ball clay properties include: High plasticity; High unfired strength; Highly controlled rheological properties; Controlled organic content; Controlled residue; Excellent workability.

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What is Ball Clay? What are its Properties, Processing

The ball clay deposit is sedimentary and consists of numerous strata which frequently vary significantly in physical properties although perhaps not much in chemical composition. Ball Clay is genrally called Kaolin, that had been transported from the primary decomposed parent, or igneous rock which were usually granite by nature via glacial displacement making It is a secondary clay, and in

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What is Ball Clay The Kaolin and Ball Clay Association

BALL CLAY/PLASTIC CLAY. Ball clays or plastic clays are fine grained, highly plastic sedimentary clays, which fire to a light or near white colour. They are used mainly in the manufacture of ceramic whiteware and are valued for their key properties of plasticity, unfired strength and their light fired colour. Ball clays exhibit highly variable compositions and consist of a mixture, primarily

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Composition and ceramic properties of ball clays for

The paper presents the results of investigations of mineralogical, grain and chemical composition, and ceramic properties of 18 white-firing ball clays from five producing regions in eastern and central Europe. Relationships between the bending strength of the clay after drying and its grain size and mineralogical composition were studied. High contents of illite and illite/smectite minerals

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Industrial clays: kaolin (china clay), ball clay and

Ball clay — is a plastic clay used in the ceramic industry to provide strength and malleability to a ceramic body prior to firing. Also, during firing, ball clay is one of the components which fuses to act as a ‘cement’ binding together the refractory, non-shrinking components of the ceramic body. Much of the ceramic ware produced using ball clay is moulded (such as sanitaryware) and the

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Postcode Search The Kaolin and Ball Clay Association

The Postcode Search service provided on this page allows an initial assessment of whether a property is in an area that may be affected by kaolin or ball clay development. If the Postcode Search reveals that a search is recommended it is necessary to submit an A4 plan showing the location of the property, together with the appropriate fee to obtain a specific report, as shown below. Please

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Ball Clay Imerys

Combined with kaolin, ball clays provide the cohesion and workability necessary for the creation of ceramic parts such as sanitaryware.; Used with kaolin, feldspar and quartz in tableware and whiteware, ball clay confers high plasticity and a good white-fired color to the end product.; In wall and floor tiles, ball clays are prized for their plasticity and bonding properties.

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Ball Clay Imerys

Imerys mines and processes ball clays with a range of different properties. By blending selected clays from different locations, Imerys can provide high quality products for a range of ceramic applications. Ball clay, or ‘plastic clay’ as it is also known, is an extremely rare mineral, only found at a handful of locations around the world. It is a kaolinitic clay that commonly consists of

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Ball Clay Clays The Artesia Companies

Ceramic tableware utilizes ball clay to provide high plasticity and a good white-fired color, combined with kaolin, feldspar and quartz. Wall and floor tiles. Combined with talc, feldspar, quartz/silica and kaolin, ball clays are utilized for their plasticity and bonding properties. Glazes and engobes. Ball clays are also used in the production of coatings for ceramic products to ensure the

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What is Ball Clay? What are its Properties, Processing

The ball clay deposit is sedimentary and consists of numerous strata which frequently vary significantly in physical properties although perhaps not much in chemical composition. Ball Clay is genrally called Kaolin, that had been transported from the primary decomposed parent, or igneous rock which were usually granite by nature via glacial displacement making It is a secondary clay, and in

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Ball Clay Minerals & Mines Gujarat Mineral

Ball clay consist of ultra fine clay particles. This helps to make them sticky (or 'plastic') and easily shaped when damp (the word 'clay' is derived from the Old English 'claeg', meaning sticky). Some also have fluid properties that are valuable in the casting of large ceramic pieces such as toilet bowls. Ball Clay is a variety of Kaolinite, like china-clay. It differs from china-clay in

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What is Ball Clay? Industrial Minerals Association

Ball clay is an extremely rare mineral found in very few places around the world. Its name dates back to the early methods of mining when specialized hand tools were used to extract the clay in rough cube shapes of about 30 cm. As the corners were knocked through handling and storage these cubes became rounded and ‘ball’ shaped. It also is sometimes referred to as plastic clay. Ball clays

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Composition and ceramic properties of ball clays for

The paper presents the results of investigations of mineralogical, grain and chemical composition, and ceramic properties of 18 white-firing ball clays from five producing regions in eastern and central Europe. Relationships between the bending strength of the clay after drying and its grain size and mineralogical composition were studied. High contents of illite and illite/smectite minerals

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Composition and ceramic properties of ball clays for

The paper will review the origin of the term "Ball Clay" and the location and origins of several deposits with particular emphasis on the mineralogical, physical and rheological properties which

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Ball Clay Mine

Ball clay is an extremely rare mineral found in very few places around the world. It also is sometimes referred to as plastic clay. It is used for manufacturing ceramic products like ceramic tiles, sanitary ware, table-ware, ceramic porcelain, etc. Ball clay consist of ultra-fine clay particles. This helps to make them sticky (or 'plastic') and easily shaped when damp (the word 'clay' is

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Stoneware Clay Properties Clay and Glaze Chemistry

07/03/2017· Kaolin has no appreciable reactions to PH levels, ball clay/s do. PH levels are the primary indicator of reduction potentials; which in turn predict the plasticity of clay. This is also the reason sodium is the flux of choice of kaolin (porcelain), and potassium is the flux of choice for stoneware (ball/fire clay). Kaolin requires the higher isoelectric points produced by sodium in order for

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