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Green Sand Additives (Bentonite & Carsins)


Bentonite is referred to as the “The Clay of 1000 uses.”

Foundries use Bentonite when pouring metal cast molds. The clay withstands higher temperatures and the excessive heat will not cause the clay to lose its chemical structure.

Iron ore manufacturers add Bentonite to crushed taconite to form pellets, which can then be transported to steel mills.

We stock the Western Sodium type and Southern Bentonite Calcium Types

“WESTERN” Bentonite qualities (sodium type):

This type of Bentonite is a sodium based Bentonite – it swells approximately 15 times their un-wetted volume. Western Bentonite in molding sand blends aids in deep pocket molding to maintain its dimensional accuracy.

Primary use is in the production of ferrous and non-ferrous castings. Western Bentonite results in a greater dry/hot strength than southern Bentonite.

“SOUTHERN” Bentonite qualities (calcium type):

This type of Bentonite is a calcium based Bentonite – it swells only two times its un-wetted volume. Southern Bentonite provides greater green compression strength and permeability than Western. Bentonite and has lower hot retaining strength. The lower strength aids in shakeout and reduces stress related defects. Blends of Southern Bentonite molding sand often reduce mechanical penetration, which results in uniformly dense molds.

Primary use is in the production of non-ferrous castings.



From time to time foundries experience a rough finish on surface of castings. Most likely it is caused by penetration of molding sand by molten metal. Depending on magnitude of severity, these defects are commonly referred to as “Burn On” or “Burn In.”

Addition of Carsin in the sand and properly balanced molding sand properties is a “must” for successful and continuous production of castings with good clean finish. It reduces the timely and laborious work in cleaning room and improves casting machinability.

Carsin is a blend of various carbonaceous materials with remarkable potency for developing a high level of lustrous carbon. As the molten metal enters the mold cavity the heat causes Carsin to undergo a pyrolytic degradation. The evolved volatile matters “condense” on the mold-metal interface depositing a thin layer of micro-crystalline lustrous carbon. The function of this protective layer is to prevent the formation of fayalite, caused by reaction between acid silica sand and basic metal oxides.

Advantages of Carsin over seacoal:

  • Low content of sulfur (important for ductile iron)
  • Less ash retained in the sand
  • Better sand flow-ability, subsequently more uniform mold hardness and density obtained
  • Less smoke and odor in the workplace
  • Good peel, eliminates or reduces metal penetration
  • Faster release of volatile matters