Novel Clinker and Cement Additives
Revolutionising current cement manufacturing processes to produce cement with lower energy and
emissions by re-designing clinker mineralogy. Concretes, mortars, or other composites based on inorganic cements can be significantly improved by the addition of polymers. These projects will develop novel polymer additives to greatly enhance the physical performance of concrete-based construction materials.
This project aims to characterize the properties of Class F fly ash and slag, as well as to promote their utilization as an additive into cement rather than them remaining as waste products. Class F fly ash and slag are not usually used as an additive to cement because they are rich in alkaline earth metals. The outcome of this project will be a cost and process analysis of the use of Class F fly ash and also for extracting high-purity products and suitable residues that can be used in the cement industry.
Working with China Huadian Electric Power Research Institute Dr Lian Zhang and his team will establish the properties of lignite and fluidised bed fly ash and its application into construction materials.
The team at Western Sydney University led by Dr Zhong Tao will investigate the use and viability of fly ash in fire retardant construction materials in collaboration with Nu- Rock Technology Pty Ltd.