Lime Stone Powder


HS CODE 25210090

Lime Stone  or Calcium Oxide or Quicked Lime

Calcium oxide has a medium viscosity and a high surface tension, plus a high to intermediate expansion and contraction rate. This material isn’t volatile at ceramic temperatures. Calcium oxide has a moderate effect on colour, except in large amounts when it may have a bleaching effect on iron oxide. It also exists in the colour of kaki/tomato reds.

Preparation of Calcium Oxide

Calcium oxide can be produced by thermal decomposition of materials like limestone or seashells that contain calcium carbonate (CaCO3; mineral calcite) in a lime kiln.

The process that is used to prepare burnt lime is known as calcination. It is a process that starts with thermally decomposing the reactants at high temperatures but ensuring that the temperature is kept well below the melting point.

Calcium carbonate undergoes calcination at temperatures ranging between 1070oC-1270oC. These reactions are usually held in a rotary kiln. The products formed as a result of the reaction are burnt lime and carbon dioxide.

The carbon dioxide that is formed is immediately removed so that the reaction is preceded until the completion of the process in accordance with Le-Chatelier’s principle.

CaCO3 → CaO + CO2

This reaction is reversible and exothermic in nature in the forward direction.

Structure of CaO Molecules

Calcium oxide molecules contain one calcium cation (which holds a charge of +2) and one oxygen anion (which holds a charge of -2). The structure of calcium oxide is illustrated below.

Calcium Oxide Structure

Thus, it can be understood that calcium oxide is an ionic compound featuring an ionic bond between calcium and oxygen.

Lime Water Formula

The formula for lime water is Ca(OH)2 and the chemical name for lime water is calcium hydroxide. When water is added to lime calcium hydroxide Ca(OH)2 is formed according to the following reaction.

CaO + H2O → Ca(OH)2

This reaction is strongly exothermic and takes place vigorously with the formation of clouds of steam.

What is the Difference Between Quicklime and Lime Water?

The chemical formula of lime or quicklime is CaO. The chemical name of lime is calcium oxide. On the other hand, the chemical formula of limewater is Ca(OH)2 and the chemical name of this substance is calcium hydroxide.

Properties of Calcium Oxide

Quick lime is an amorphous white solid with a high melting point of 2600°

It is a very stable compound and withstands high temperatures.

In the presence of water, it forms slaked lime. This process is called the slaking of lime.

CaO+H2O → Ca (OH)2

It is an oxide that is basic in nature and forms salts when it comes in contact with an acid.

This compound crystallizes in a cubic crystal lattice.

The standard molar entropy associated with calcium oxide corresponds to 40 joules per mole kelvin.

This compound is known to emit an intense glow when it is heated to temperatures above 2400 degrees celsius.

CaO+H2SO4 → CaSO4+H2O

CaO       Calcium Oxide

Density       3.34 g/cm³

Molar Mass       56.0774 g/mol

Solubility    Soluble in water & glycerol

Boiling Point    2,850 °C

Melting Point   2,572 °C

Uses of Calcium Oxide

It is extensively used for medicinal purposes and insecticides.

It finds its application in the manufacturing of cement, paper, and high-grade steel.

Lime is used as a reagent in laboratories for dehydration, precipitation reaction, etc.

It is the cheapest alkali available which is an important ingredient in the manufacturing of caustic soda.

Calcium is essential to animal life as the constituent of bones, shells, and teeth. The most common of the calcium compounds are calcium carbonate which the potter uses as a source of calcium oxide for glazes.