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Geopolymer Concrete: Properties, Composition and Applications

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Geopolymer concrete is an innovative and eco-friendly construction material and an alternative to Portland cement concrete. Use of geopolymer reduces the demand of Portland cement which is responsible for high CO2 emission.

What is Geopolymer Concrete?

Geopolymer was the name given by Daidovits in 1978 to materials which are characterized by chains or networks or inorganic molecules. Geopolymer cement concrete is made from utilization of waste materials such as fly ash and ground granulated blast furnace slag(GGBS). Fly ash is the waste product generated from thermal power plant and ground granulate blast furnace slag is generated as waste material in steel plant. Both fly ash and GGBS are processed by appropriate technology and used for concrete works in the form of geopolymer concrete. The use of this concrete helps to reduce the stock of wastes and also reduces carbon emission by reducing Portland cement demand. The main constituent of geopolymers source of silicon and aluminium which are provided by thermally activated natural materials (e.g. kaolinite) or industrial byproducts (e.g. fly ash or slab) and an alkaline activating solution which polymerizes these materials into molecular chains and networks to create hardened binder. It is also called as alkali-activated cement or inorganic polymer cement.

Composition of Geopolymer Concrete

Following materials are required to produce this concrete:

Mechanical Properties of Geopolymer Concrete

Compressive strength of geopolymer concrete have been found up to 70 MPa (N/mm2). The concrete gains its compressive strength rapidly and faster than ordinary Portland cement concrete. The concrete strength after 24 hours have been found to be more than 25 MPa. Compressive strength after 28 days have been found to be 60 to 70 MPa. -Ref. Paper by - James Aldred And John Day and Test results by SERC Chennai.

Other Properties of Geopolymer Concrete:

Applications of Geopolymer Concrete

The applications is same as cement concrete. However, this material has not yet been popularly used for various applications. This concrete has been used for construction of pavements, retaining walls, water tanks, precast bridge decks.

Recently world's first building Structural Building, The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute (GCI) has been constructed with the use of geopolymer concrete. It is a four storey high building for public use. Read More: Properties of Geopolymer Concrete with Low Calcium Fly Ash
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