Sand Alternatives for Aggregate

In a study released by the African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, stone powder was pitted against sand as an alternative for fine aggregate.


Sand is a naturally occurring material, while stone powder is a byproduct of crushing stone, usually for other projects. While the consistency of sand is mostly uniform, stone powder consists of particles that vary in size due to the nature of their creation.

For example, stone powder consistently came out over sand in terms of strength. In fact, the study showed stone powder was almost 15 percent stronger than sand.

However, the quantity of stone powder isn’t as robust as sand, and the price is not easily defined.

Since fine aggregate is one of the most important ingredients in cement affecting overall strength, choosing the right material requires thorough research. You’ll need to consider the desired longevity of the project, the project’s budget and the strength your project will require.

No matter what your choice for fine aggregate is, Standley Batch has the tools and equipment you need for the optimal mix. Email or call Standley Batch Systems now to learn how we can set your plant up the Standley Batch Systems ready way. Contact us at or call (800) 325-8084.

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