Impact of Flax Fiber Reinforcement on Mechanical Properties of Solid and Foamed Geopolymer Concrete

  • Kinga Korniejenko Institute of Material Engineering, Faculty of Material Engineering and Physics, Cracow University of Technology, Cracow, Poland
  • Michał Łach Institute of Material Engineering, Faculty of Material Engineering and Physics, Cracow University of Technology, Cracow, Poland
  • Maria Hebdowska-Krupa Institute of Material Engineering, Faculty of Material Engineering and Physics, Cracow University of Technology, Cracow, Poland
  • Janusz Mikuła Institute of Material Engineering, Faculty of Material Engineering and Physics, Cracow University of Technology, Cracow, Poland
Keywords: geopolymer, mechanical properties, foamed material, flax fiber

Abstract

The main objective of this study is to develop the advanced composites for civil engineering applications as material for the building industry, especially for an insulation purpose. The research processes include several steps. Firstly, the prototype elements, such as bricks and elevation elements were performed from eco-friendly composite -flax fiber reinforced geopolymer. The elements were designed to take into consideration for environment. Geopolymers are environmentally friendly, sustainable, and resource efficient, including energy demand. Next, the wall was built from these elements and exposed during the three months in a relevant environment. The main conclusion of the research is that the kind of fibers is important for the mechanical properties of the composite, including the fact that for those different fibers could be more beneficial for different raw materials, giving higher strength properties. The significant influence on the mechanical properties of the composites has the adhesion between fiber and material used as a matrix. The adhesion depends among others on the previous treatment of the fibers.

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Published
2020-09-08
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K. Korniejenko, Michał Łach, Maria Hebdowska-Krupa, and Janusz Mikuła, “Impact of Flax Fiber Reinforcement on Mechanical Properties of Solid and Foamed Geopolymer Concrete”, Adv. technol. innov., Sep. 2020.
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