A review of aerogels and their application as a multi-functional building material

Zhuge, Yan (2013) A review of aerogels and their application as a multi-functional building material. Applied Mechanics and Materials, 253-255. pp. 564-567. ISSN 1660-9336


This paper will provide a review of the current research on the material characterisation and mechanical behaviour of polymer enhanced silica aerogels. Aerogels have been in existence for many years; however, the engineering applications of aerogels have been limited due to their poor mechanical behaviour. Recently a new type of polymer enhanced silica aerogel, a nanostructured form of silica has been developed. The new material is having a low density, very low thermal conductivity, excellent acoustic insulation and high mechanical which makes it ideal for energy efficient building material. This paper will discuss the start-of-the-art development of this material and issues to apply the material in energy efficient buildings.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. 2nd International Conference on Civil Engineering and Transportation, ICCET 2012; Guilin; China; 27-28 Oct 2012.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2013 06:01
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 02:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: aerogels; construction materials; nano materials; solid mechanics
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091308 Solid Mechanics
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.253-255.564
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22569

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