Barite is a mineral composed of barium sulfate (BaSO4). This name is in response to barite's high specific gravity of 4.5, which is exceptional for a nonmetallic mineral. The high specific gravity of barite makes it suitable for a wide range of industrial, medical, and manufacturing uses. Barite also serves as the principal ore of barium.
Barite is generally easy to identify. It is one of just a few non metallic minerals with a specific gravity of four or higher. Combine that with its low Mohs hardness (2.5 to 3.5) and its three directions of right-angle cleavage, and the mineral can usually be reliably identified with just three observations.
|Barium Sulphate(as BaSO4)||IS 7588:1992||90.69||%(w/w)|
|Density||API 13A/ISO 13500:2009||4.222||g/ml|
|Residue greater than 75um||API 13A/ISO 13500:2009||1.12||%(w/w)|
|Residue greater than 45um||API 13A/ISO 13500:2009||12.59||%(w/w)|
|Water soluble alkaline earth||API 13A/ISO 13500:2009||56||mg/kg|
|Carbonate(as CO3)||IS 7588:1992||850||mg/kg|
|Mercury (as Hg)||API 13I/ISO 10416:2008||ND(DL:0.5)||ppm|
|Cadium (as cd)||API 13I/ISO 10416:2008||ND(DL:0.5)||ppm|
|Physical appearance||B\By visual examination||Grey color powder|
|Cement Contamination(PH of 10% aqueous suspension)||pH of 10% aqueous suspension||8.72|