Mechanical, thermal insulation, thermal resistance and acoustic absorption properties of geopolymer foam concrete

Zhang, Zuhua and Provis, John L. and Reid, Andrew and Wang, Hao (2015) Mechanical, thermal insulation, thermal resistance and acoustic absorption properties of geopolymer foam concrete. Cement and Concrete Composites, 62. pp. 97-105. ISSN 0958-9465


This study reports the synthesis and characterization of geopolymer foam concrete (GFC). A Class F fly ash with partial slag substitution was used for GFC synthesis by mechanical mixing of preformed foam. The GFCs exhibited 28 d compressive strengths ranging from 3 to 48 MPa with demolded densities from 720 to 1600 kg/m3 (105 °C oven-dried densities from 585 to 1370 kg/m3), with the different densities achieved through alteration of the foam content. The thermal conductivity of GFCs was in the range 0.15–0.48 W/m K, showing better thermal insulation properties than normal Portland cement foam concrete at the same density and/or at the same strength. The GFC derived from alkali activation of fly ash as a sole precursor showed excellent strength retention after heating to temperatures from 100 to 800 °C, and the post-cooling compressive strength increased by as much as 100% after exposure at 800 °C due to densification and phase transformations. Partial substitution of slag for fly ash increased the strength of GFC at room temperature, but led to notable shrinkage and strength loss at high temperature. Thin GFC panels (20–25 mm) exhibited acoustic absorption coefficients of 0.7–1.0 at 40–150 Hz, and 0.1–0.3 at 800–1600 Hz.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 04:17
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2016 04:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: alkali activated cement; geopolymer; foam concrete; thermal insulation; acoustic absorption; thermal resistance
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2015.03.013

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