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Title: Sustainable and efficient cork - inorganic polymer composites: an innovative and eco-friendly approach to produce ultra-lightweight and low thermal conductivity materials
Author: Novais, Rui M.
Senff, Luciano
Carvalheiras, João
Seabra, Maria P.
Pullar, Robert C.
Labrincha, João A.
Keywords: Inorganic polymer
Thermal conductivity
Lightweight aggregate
Issue Date: Mar-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: In this investigation cork was used as a low density aggregate in the production of ultra-lightweight and low thermal conductivity inorganic polymer (geopolymer) composites. This novel and highly sustainable material, synthesised at room temperature (23 °C), may decrease the energy losses inside buildings, thus contributing to the United Nations development goals regarding energy and climate change. The ultra-low density (260 kg/m3) and low thermal conductivity (72 mW/m K) shown by the cork-composites are the second lowest ever reported for inorganic polymer composites, only being surpassed by that of polystyrene-inorganic polymer composites. However, cork is a fully renewable and sustainable resource, while polystyrene is manufactured from non-renewable fossil fuels, and for that reason our strategy has an additional sustainability advantage. Moreover, the cork-inorganic polymer composites do not release any toxic fume when under fire conditions, which is a major advantage over polymeric-based foams.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2018.12.024
ISSN: 0958-9465
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