Journal article

Replacement of Natural Sand with Expanded Vermiculite in Fly Ash-Based Geopolymer Mortars

Osman Gencel, Aliakbar Gholampour, Hayrettin Tokay, Togay Ozbakkaloglu

Applied Sciences | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

Increasing the thermal insulation of building components to reduce the thermal energy loss of buildings has received significant attention. Owing to its porous structure, using expanded vermiculite as an alternative to natural river sand in the development of building materials would result in improvement of the thermal performance of buildings. This study investigates the properties of fly ash (FA)-based geopolymer mortars prepared with expanded vermiculite. The main aim of this study was to produce geopolymer mortar with lower thermal conductivity than conventional mortar for thermal insulation applications in buildings. A total of twelve batches of geopolymers were prepared for evaluating..

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