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Importance of metakaolin impurities for geopolymer based synthesis

Abstract : Geopolymers are the object of numerous studies because of their low environmental impact. The synthesis of these geomaterials is achieved by the alkaline activation of aluminosilicates. Alkaline activation is typically accomplished by the activation of potassium or sodium silicate. Since these alkaline silicate solutions are relatively expensive. It is imperative to understand all of the phenomena and reactions involved during geopolymer synthesis. We thus attempted to study the role played by siliceous species in the alkaline silicate solutions. During the setting of the materials, the reactive mixture forms at least two phases: (i) a solid phase and (ii) a gelified liquid which recovered it. The quantity of gel varies with the Si/Al, Si/K and Si/H2O molar ratios. Several exchanges take place at the gel-solid interface and involve composition and pH variations. Moreover, the nature and the number of networks depend on the alkaline solution used.
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Alexandre Autef, Emmanuel Joussein, G. Gasgnier, Sylvie Rossignol. Importance of metakaolin impurities for geopolymer based synthesis. Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, American Ceramic Society, 2014, 34 (10), pp.3. ⟨hal-01045057⟩



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