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Production of glass microspheres by using thermal process

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The production of glass microspheres by using a thermal process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Raw Material Selection: Selecting high-quality raw materials such as silica sand, soda ash, and limestone, which are melted to form the glass.

  2. Melting: The raw materials are melted in a furnace at temperatures typically exceeding 1500°C (2700°F).

  3. Bubble Formation: Once the glass is molten, a blowing agent such as compressed air or gas is injected into the molten glass. This forms bubbles within the glass.

  4. Cooling: The glass bubbles are rapidly cooled to solidify the glass and trap the bubbles inside.

  5. Sizing: The solidified glass is then crushed and sieved to obtain glass microspheres of the desired size range.

  6. Classification: The glass microspheres may be classified further to ensure a narrow size distribution.

  7. Quality Control: Various quality control measures are employed to ensure that the glass microspheres meet the required specifications, including size, roundness, and density.

  8. Packaging: The glass microspheres are packaged and prepared for distribution or further processing.

The thermal process for producing glass microspheres is widely used due to its scalability and ability to produce high-quality, uniform microspheres for various applications, including lightweight fillers, syntactic foams, and composites.