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Laterite

What is a Laterite ?

Product Laterite
Standards BS/ASTM/IS
Monthly capacity 100,000 tons
Shipping mode Bulk
Packing Loose loaded onto vessel

Laterite is a soil layer that is rich in iron oxide and derived from a wide variety of rocks weathering under strongly oxidizing and leaching conditions. It forms in tropical and sub tropical regions where the climate is humid. It is a reddish weathering product of basalt. Laterites are rusty-red in color because of high iron oxide content.

Laterite is well known in Asian countries as a building material for more than 1000 years. It was excavated from the soil and cut in form of large blocks.

Uses and benefits of laterite

Uses :

  • Used as a building material. Strong, hardened varieties of laterite are sometimes cut into blocks and used as brickstones for building houses.
  • Laterites are economically most important for ore deposits, such as bauxite.
  • Hardened laterite varieties are also applied for the construction of simple roads.
  • Nowadays solid lateritic gravel is readily put in aquaria where it favours the growth of tropical plants.
  • In artifacts, monuments, sculpture, oil and gas reservoir, decoration etc.
  • Laterite- cement blocks are more economical building units for walling units.

Benefits:

  • More economical
  • Durability
  • Strength
  • Sustainability

Specification for LATERITE.

Sr No Test Unit Obtained Results Protocol
1 Loss on Ignition % 11.03 IS:2000:P-1:1985
2 Silica as SiO2 % 18.05 IS:2000:P-2:1986
3 Aluminia as AL2O3 % 7.02 IS:2000:P-3:1987
4 Iron as Fe2O3 % 54.89 IS:2000:P-4:1988
5 Titania as TiO2 % 1.39 IS:2000:P-5:1989
6 Moisture % 5 max IS:5949:1990
7 Magnesim as MgO % <0.10 IS:5949:1991
8 Sodium oxide as Na2O % 0.8 IS:9497:1980
9 Potassium oxide as K2O % <0.10 IS:9487:1990
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