Chromite Sand

Chromite Sand is a naturally occuring spinel consisting primarily of the oxides of chrome and iron. It is a by-product of ferro-chrome production and is mainly used in foundry applications and in glass production.

Chromite Sand product uses


Its properties enable the material to be used in high duty grey iron and steel foundries as core and mould making sand. Its high thermal conductivity gives it good chilling properties, low thermal expansion gives rise to good dimensional stability. Its basicity being close to neutral allows the use of a wide range of resin bonding systems and inorganic binders, it has a high refractoriness and a broad sieve distribution.


In steel production, Chromite Sand is used as well filler for protection of the sliding gate in large steel holding ladles.


When ground to a fine flour, Chromite Sand is used for the production of green glass beverage containers.

LKAB Minerals offer Chromite Sand for foundry and glass applications

Chromite Sand properties

  • Melting point of 2150°C
  • Good thermal conductivity
  • Good resistance to thermal shock
  • Excellent resistance to metal penetration or burn-on
  • Resists slag attack
  • High dimensional stability

The typical chemical composition of Chromite Sand is shown below:

                                                              Cr2O3     Fe2O3     Al2O3     MgO

Chromite Sand 45.24 29.64 15.04 9.12

To find out more, please speak to your local sales representative using the contact area above.

Chromite Sand grades

LKAB Minerals offer one standard grade of Chromite Sand. Get in touch with your sales representative using the contact form above to find out more.

Chromite Sand packaging

Our refractory materials are available in 25kg paper sacks, 1000kg bulk bags or as bulk as standard.

Chromite Sand origins

LKAB Minerals Chromite Sand originates from South Africa.

Chromite Sand toxicology

Non-toxic, non-hazardous stable mineral. You can download the Safety Data Sheet in the section on the right hand side for further information.

Please contact us for datasheets on a single grade or further information on our chromite sand product range. You can find our sales contact by choosing your country in the upper right expert box of this page.

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