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Title: Waste glass from end-of-life fluorescent lamps as raw material in geopolymers
Author: Novais, Rui M.
Ascensão, G.
Seabra, M.P.
Labrincha, J.A.
Keywords: Geopolymers
Fluorescent lamp waste glass
Mechanical properties
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Nowadays the stunning volume of generated wastes, the exhaustion of raw materials, and the disturbing greenhouse gases emission levels show that a paradigm shift is mandatory. In this context, the possibility of using wastes instead of virgin raw materials can mitigate the environmental problems related to wastes, while reducing the consumption of the Earth’s natural resources. This innovative work reports the incorporation of unexplored waste glass coming from end-of-life fluorescent lamps into geopolymers. The influence of the waste glass incorporation level, NaOH molarity and curing conditions on the microstructure, physical and mechanical properties of the geopolymers was evaluated. Results demonstrate that curing conditions are the most influential factor on the geopolymer characteristics, while the NaOH molarity is less important. Geopolymers containing 37.5% (wt) waste glass were successfully produced, showing compressive strength of 14 MPa (after 28 days of curing), suggesting the possibility of their use in non-structural applications. Porous waste-based geopolymers for novel applications were also fabricated.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2016.04.003
ISSN: 0956-053X
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