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Aluminium Sulfate

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Aluminum sulfate, Al2(SO4)3, is typically found in a white, crystalline powdered form. It is commonly known as alum or aluminate. It includes over 17% alumina (Al2O3) and is produced from sulfuric acid and aluminum trihydrate. Aluminium sulfate is also obtained as an 18-hydrate Al2(SO4)3.18H2O. Both forms are non-toxic, soluble in water, and non-combustible. Aluminum sulfate is widely used in various industries and applications due to its unique properties.

PACKAGING TYPE

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Al2(SO4)3

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TDS SHEET

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CHEMICAL NAME

Aluminium Sulfate

INDUSTRY

Water Treatment & Mining

APPLICATION

  1. Water Treatment: Aluminum sulfate is widely used in water treatment processes as a coagulant. It helps in the removal of impurities and suspended particles from water by forming flocs that can be easily precipitated.
  2. Paper Industry: In the paper industry, aluminum sulfate is used in the sizing of paper and as a paper coagulant to improve paper formation and strength.
  3. Textile Industry: It is utilized in the textile industry as a mordant in dyeing processes to fix dyes to fibers.
  4. Soil Amendment: In agriculture, aluminum sulfate is employed as a soil amendment to lower soil pH, particularly in alkaline soils, making it more suitable for certain crops.
  5. Construction Industry: Aluminum sulfate is used in the construction industry for waterproofing concrete and in the manufacture of fire-resistant materials.
  6. Tanning Industry: Historically, aluminum sulfate was used in the tanning industry for curing animal hides.
  7. Pharmaceuticals: A special type of aluminum sulfate pharmaceutical grade is used in the manufacturing of mild astringents and antiseptics for skin treatment.
  8. Detergents Industry: Aluminum sulfate is used as a filling and binding agent in the manufacturing of bar soaps.
  9. Personal Care: Aluminum sulfate is used as a deodorant, an astringent, or as a styptic for superficial shaving wounds. 

IDENTIFICATION AND PROPERTIES

SYNONYMS

Aluminum sulfate Aluminium sulphate Cake alum Filter alum Papermaker's alum Alunogenite Aluminium salt (3:2)

MOLECULAR WEIGHT

342.15 g/mol (anhydrous) 666.44 g/mol (octadecahydrate)

CAS NUMBER

18475-35-9

CHEMICAL FORMULA

Al2(SO4)3

HS CODE

28332210

DENSITY

2.672 g/cm3 (anhydrous) 1.62 g/cm3 (octadecahydrate)

MELTING POINT

770 °C (decomposes, anhydrous) 86.5 °C (octadecahydrate)

BOILING POINT

Not Specified

VISCOSITY

Not Specified

SHELF LIFE

5 years

TYPICAL PROPERTIES

Not Specified

WHY ELCHEMY?

Aluminium Sulfate is a fundamental compound that is highly valued for its Coagulant properties. It plays a crucial role in various industries , including Water Treatment & Mining . The compound's unique properties make it particularly useful in modern applications and processes, improving efficiency and efficacy.
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