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Foundry Sand Facts for Civil Engineers

COURSE NO: T05-005
Foundry Sand Facts for Civil Engineers
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides technical information about the potential civil engineering applications of foundry sand; which in turn, will provide a means of advancing the uses of foundry sand that are technically sound, commercially competitive and environmentally safe.


Metal foundries use large amounts of sand as part of the metal casting process.  Foundries successfully recycle and reuse the sand as routinely needed. When the sand can no longer be reused in the foundry, it is removed from the foundry and is termed "foundry sand." Foundry sand production is nearly 6 to 10 million tons annually. Like many waste products, foundry sand has beneficial applications to other industries.


This 5 PDH online course is intended primarily for civil, highway and transportation engineers, construction managers, as well as technical professionals interested in gaining a better understanding of foundry sand use and applications.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about the availability of foundry sand
  • Learning about the various types of foundry sand
  • Understanding the physical, engineering and environmental characteristics of foundry sand
  • Understanding the economics and quality of foundry sand
  • Learning about the various uses of foundry sand including uses in:
    • Structural fills and embankments
    • Road bases
    • Hot mix asphalt
    • Flowable fills
    • Portland cement manufacturing
    • Grouts and mortars
    • Agricultural/soil amendments
    • Vitrification of hazardous materials
    • Smelting
    • Rock wool manufacturing
    • Fiberglass manufacturing
    • Landfill cover or hydraulic barriers
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the Federal Highway Administration publication titled, "Foundry Sand Facts for Civil Engineers", Publication No. FHWA-IF-04-004, May 2004.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Foundry Sand Facts for Civil Engineers (359 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this FHWA publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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