The necessity of obtaining high quality castings forces both researchers and producers to undertake research in the field of moulding sands. The key is to obtain moulding and core sands which will ensure relevant technological parameters along with high environmental standards. The most important group in this research constitutes of moulding sands with hydrated sodium silicate. The aim of the article is to propose optimized parameters of hardening process of moulding sands with hydrated sodium silicate prepared in warm-box technology. This work focuses on mechanical and thermal deformation of moulding sands with hydrated sodium silicate and inorganic additives prepared in warm-box technology. Tested moulding sands were hardened in the temperature of 140oC for different time periods. Bending strength, thermal deformation and thermal degradation was tested. Chosen parameters were tested immediately after hardening and after 1h of cooling. Conducted research proved that it is possible to eliminate inorganic additives from moulding sands compositions. Moulding sands without additives have good enough strength properties and their economic and ecological character is improved.
Along with the increase in popularity of the sewage sludge thermal treatment methods in Poland resulting from the implementation of European Union law, a management problem with ash, which is produced as a result of this process, appeared. The paper analyses the chemical composition and physical properties of fl y ash from thermal treatment of municipal sewage sludge in terms of its use in concrete technologies in relation to EN 450-1 Fly ash for concrete. Defi nition, specifi cations and conformity criteria (2012) and EN 197-1 Cement. Composition, specifi cations and conformity criteria for common cements (2011) standards. The tested material did not meet the requirements related to use of fl y ash for concrete production (chemical composition, low activity index, high water demand and fi neness), and as main and minor components for cement production. On the basis of the carried out research and analyses, it was found that the hardening slurry technology creates the greatest possibilities related to the management of fl y ash from thermal treatment of municipal sewage sludge.