Our proven process technology. Your high-quality cristobalite.
Tailor-made process technology is needed to produce high-quality cristobalite. Since raw sand qualities differ, individual fine-tuning is required – both in the selection of the appropriate additive addition and in the thermal treatment. To achieve top quality, we at Grenzebach always think ahead on your behalf and go into detail when designing your production plant. To ensure that you benefit from high product qualities, we use our many years of process experience to provide targeted recrystallization of your quartz sand.
From planning and commissioning to maintenance work on existing plants, we are at your side as a full-service partner. Our expertise is characterized by our 120 years of experience in mechanical and thermal process engineering, thanks to Babcock BSH.
Grenzebach: Full-Service Supplier
From Germany to the world – Grenzebach has been planning, supplying and installing cristobalite plants for decades. Our holistic view of your project is what sets us apart as a partner. That’s why we analyze your raw sand qualities at our technical center right at the start of the project. Your quality requirements and wishes are reflected in the design of your cristobalite plant. A high whiteness index and a low yellowness index are decisive factors for us. We pay attention to the longevity and energy efficiency of our plants and solutions for our customers. You will receive a plant concept that is individually tailored to your needs – including full-service support throughout your cristobalite plant’s entire product life cycle.
The advantage for you: You benefit from a supplier that provides you with a complete system, tailored to your quality requirements and throughput rates, and that always thinks one step ahead. Around the clock. Around the world.
- Analyses and feasibility studies
- Plant engineering and customized dimensioning
- Supply of all necessary plant components, from hardware to software
- Worldwide installation and commissioning by Grenzebach experts on site
- Regular training and education for employees
- After-sales support throughout the entire product life cycle
Wie die Herstellung von Cristobalit erfolgt
Für die Herstellung von Cristobalit wird Quarz gewaschen, klassiert und gesiebt und anschließend mit Additiven versehen. Nqach einer vorgelagerten Trocknung und Vorerhitzung des Quarzes erfolgt die wesentliche Umkristalisierung (kalzinierung) des Quarzes zur Cristobalit. In nachgelagerten Kühlprozessen wird das gewonnene Cristobalit auf eine handhabbare Temperatur gebracht.
Our individual process technologies for a cristobalite plant
Raw material silo
The raw material is washed, classified and screened.
The untreated silica sand is conveyed to the feeding device in front of the drum dryer.
The silica sand is mixed with chemical additives. This step affects the quality of the cristobalite produced.
The preconditioned silica sand is completely dried and preheated.
The calcination of quartz to cristobalite in the high-temperature zone of the rotary kiln represents a decisive process step. Here, targeted temperature control is required to ensure accurate recrystallization as cristobalite.
Grenzebach’s rotary kiln is characterized by a simple, robust design, high operational reliability and high throughput rates.
Fluidized bed cooler
The temperature of the cristobalite produced is brought down to a manageable level in the downstream two-stage cooling process. In the fluidized bed cooler, the cristobalite is air-cooled in a first step.
Shaft heat exchanger
In the shaft heat exchanger, a cooler that works indirectly with water, the cristobalite is then finally brought to a manageable final temperature.
Black spot detection
An inline measuring facility inspects the finished cristobalite for black spots. To achieve consistent product quality and avoid black spots during the production process, an intelligent control system guides the manufacturing process.
Grenzebach enables the subsequent installation of the inline measuring option and intelligent process control.
Grenzebach project management: Dedication that goes well beyond technology
As a partner to our customers, we know the challenges associated with processing gypsum around the world: We provide the answers to complex questions. With our broad base of expertise, we are able to accommodate the increasing diversity of gypsum building materials with technical production plants. Thanks to our in-depth knowledge of raw material properties, we have a real understanding of your needs and are in a position to provide holistic support. You benefit from our services and strengths from conception to construction to commissioning:
Applications of cristobalite
White. Rugged. Versatile.
Cristobalite’s exceptionally high whiteness, high chemical resistance and low density make it an ideal filler and pigment for various specialty products.
Depending on the particle size, cristobalite can be found in various products. As a fine or ultra-fine powder, it is used in colorants, while as a coarse powder or grain, it is found in wall plaster. Due to its color saturation and luminosity, cristobalite is particularly popular as an additive in engineered stone and dental ceramics.
Engineered Stone: Luminous. Durable. Scratch-resistant.
Engineered stone is a composite material made of cristobalite and resin. Pressed into slabs or larger blocks, it is often used to make kitchen countertops, flooring and interior walls. The granite imitation has high resistance to stains and scratches, as well as radiant luminosity and a wide color spectrum.
Dental ceramics: Precise. Fireproof. Stable.
The quality of the investment material and the optimized interplay of cold and heat are decisive for accurately fitting dental ceramics. Since the beginning of the 20th century, cristobalite has been used in dental technology as a refractory investment material in which dental castings are modeled. Cristobalite filler is characterized by its precision, refractoriness and stability.