Wollastonite is a naturally occurring calcium metasilicate, composed of calcium oxide and silicon dioxide. It is a white mineral having a chain silicate structure. During crushing and grinding, it forms acicular particles having an aspect ratio in the range of 1:3 up to 1:15. Because of its acicular particle shape, wollastonite has a wide range of application including building products, ceramic, paint and coating, plastic, etc.
In construction application, it is used as substitute for asbestos in fire-resistant building products. The high aspect ratio structure makes it an excellent lightweight reinforcing filler improving flexural and impact strength.
In ceramic application, wollastonite is used in different aspects including body, glaze, porcelain, enamels and frits, and the advantages for its application are listed as followings,
For filler application, wollastonite is used as functional filler in a wide range of applications such as adhesive & sealants, plants and plastics, and it offers the following benefits: