Quicked Lime


Quicklime is an alternate name for the chemical compound known as calcium oxide. This compound is represented by the chemical formula CaO and is also known as burnt lime. Under standard conditions for temperature and pressure, quicklime is known to exist as a crystalline solid that is white in colour.

Quicklime (or calcium oxide or burnt lime) is obtained by calcining pure limestone at temperature above 9000C. This highly reactive product is essential to many industrial processes. Calcium oxide (CaO), commonly known as quicklime or burnt lime, is a widely used chemical compound. It is a white, caustic, alkaline, crystalline solid at room temperature. The broadly used term lime connotes calcium-containing inorganic materials, in which carbonates, oxides and hydroxides of calcium, silicon, magnesium, aluminium, and iron predominate.

industrial applications include : Steel Making, FGD, Construction, Masonry & Mortars, Water Treatment, Chemical Processes, Mining Industry, sugar industry, Paper, Pulp and PCC, Remediation of Sludges and Wastes and Glass Manufacturing

CaCO3(s) -> CaO(s) + CO2(g)

The quicklime is not stable and, when cooled, will spontaneously react with CO2 from the air until, after enough time, it will be completely converted back to calcium carbonate unless slaked with water to set as lime plaster or lime mortar.