Attapulgite is a magnesium aluminium phyllosilicate with formula (Mg,Al)2Si4O10(OH) 4(H2O) with very high surface area and porosity.
“Colloidal applications, Foundry Coatings , Adhesives, sealants and putting, Oil well drilling mud, Thickening and gelling liquids, binding, filling, sorptive uses ecolorization, paper reclaiming, conditioning, pesticides carriers, filter aid, pharmaceutical uses, cleansing products, catalytic applications and other uses.
Attapulgite is primarily used for pet litter, oil well drilling applications, as also for liquid fertilizers and floor absorbents. Currently, Ashapura is involved in the production of Attapulgite granules for use in domestic and industrial absorbents.” Source
It is used as a sorbent and in poultices for masonry restoration. It is available as a finely milled, free flowing, cream-coloured powder. This product is packaged in 17.5Kg sacks.
Attapulgite is a natural magnesium aluminium phyllosilicate clay mineral. Highly porous with a low bulk density, attapulgite is an effective absorbent.
Other Clays 15%
Typical Physical Properties
Bulk Density 1050-1150 Kg/m3
Grain Shape Globular
Typical Sieve Analysis
32.3% retained on a 45µm sieve (Maximum 40%)
0.5% retained on a 250µm sieve (Maximum 0.8%)
An approximate empirical formula for attapulgite is:
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