mine tailings; geopolymer; alternative alkaline activator; geopolimerization, cement additive; waste clay; calcined clay, building materials;
3. Processing, Production and Remanufacturing
We are planning to submit a pre-proposal project, as a project coordinator, which suits Topic 3. Processing, Production and Remanufacturing.
Main aim of proposed project is to develop and achieve, in experimental and industrial conditions, aluminosilicate material originated from thermal processing of waste clay into pozzolanic, active material containing metakaolin. Thermally processed clay will be obtained in lower temperature compared to Portland clinker. According to established assumptions, product elaborated in this project will fulfill the roll as:
• main additive to low emission cement binders,
• component of cementless, geopolymer concrete with low carbon footprint.
The results of the project will constitute new, innovative products for civil engineering, which till today, are not manufactured and utilized at European market. Moreover, the European norms determining requirements for such products are not yet elaborated.
The aim of this project is to determine the requirements for such products. We are looking for a project partner the institution which has eligibility to empower the National Technical Assessment or European Technical Assessment in building material field.
To meet the necessity of reduction of CO2 emission, research on such products, as alternative cement additives and cementless geopolymer materials, are carried out worldwide. Proposed project assumes, in range of sensible resource management, utilization of kaolin clays, which have not yet been managed.
We are looking for a project partner who conducts research on reducing CO2 emissions in the cement industry by introducing new, low energy cement additives as well as on development the cementless geopolymer concrete. To create interdisciplinary consortium, we are also looking for a partner who will contribute in development of geopolymer materials by conducting research focused on the new, inexpensive generation of alkaline activator in place of typically used activators such as water glass or NaOH solution.
Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials (Ł-ICIMB) is placed in the structure of Łukasiewicz Research Network, which is one of the biggest organization in Europe consisted with 32 interdisciplinary research Institutes. Ł-ICIMB is a durable and important part of Polish scientific and research society, connecting high quality of research with implementation of the research achievements in industry. The range of conducted research is very wide and includes entire technical science related with ceramics, glass and building materials. The global development of science and technology has influenced the scope of the Institute's activity, shaping the structure of its research facilities and the undertaken research projects. This has resulted, for example, in a dynamic development of studies in the area of innovative building materials, environmental protection, recycling and industrial waste management. Łukasiewicz Institute of Ceramics and Building materials includes 4 organizational divisions (Glass and Building Materials Division in Cracow, Ceramic and Concrete Division in Warsaw, Environmental Engineering Division in Opole and Refractory Materials Division in Gliwice), which in accordance with the Decision of the Minister of Infrastructure and Development No.1/JOT/WB/14 of January 14, 2014 and the Decision of the Minister of Infrastructure and Development No.4/JOT/WB/13 of January 14, 2015, Ł-ICIMB is authorized to grant European Technical Assessments (ETA) for building materials. Ł-ICIMB possesses modern research facilities and research laboratories accredited by the PCA (Polish Centre for Accreditation). Our Institute is a notified unit No. 1487 in accordance with the requirements of Regulation No.305/2011 given on 9 March 2011 by the European Parliament and the EU Council, establishing conditions of implementing new building materials into the market. In our research, we use modern laboratory equipment and methods such as SEM, XRD, DTA e.t.c. In addition, we own experimental facilities that allow us to perform tests on a semi-technical scale in the field of thermal transformation of wastes into semi-finished products, including a high-temperature rotary furnace, which is an important tool for conducting planed research in proposed project.