The pore characteristics of geopolymer foam concrete and their impact on the compressive strength and modulus

Zhang, Zuhua and Wang, Hao (2016) The pore characteristics of geopolymer foam concrete and their impact on the compressive strength and modulus. Frontiers in Materials, 3 (Article 38).

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The pore characteristics of geopolymer foam concretes (GFCs) manufactured in the laboratory with 0–16% foam additions were examined using image analysis (IA) and vacuum water saturation techniques. The pore size distribution, pore shape, and porosity were obtained. The IA method provides a suitable approach to obtain the information of large pores, which are more important in affecting the compressive strength of GFC. By examining the applicability of the existing models of predicting compressive strength of foam concrete, a modified Ryshkevitch’s model is proposed for GFC, in which only the porosity that is contributed by the pores over a critical diameter (>100 μm) is considered. This “critical void model” is shown to have very satisfying prediction capability in the studied range of porosity. A compression-modulus model for Portland cement concrete is recommended for predicting the compression-modulus elasticity of GFC. This study confirms that GFC have similar pore structures and mechanical behavior as those Portland cement foam concrete and can be used alternatively in the industry for the construction and insulation purposes.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2016 Zhang and Wang. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 05:43
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 06:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: alkali-activated cement, geopolymer, foam concrete, pore size, porosity, compressive strength, compression modulus
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3389/fmats.2016.00038

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