Properties of high density silica fume-based gel and its potential use in high temperature lubricants and geopolymer binders

Billong Ndigui, Jonathan Oti, John Kinuthia, Rukshan Navaratne, Jiping Bai

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

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In the present study, un-densified silica fume was reacted with a 10 M sodium hydroxide solution to produce the sodium silicate gel having a pH of 14. The calorimetry of the reaction was evaluated. The gel was dried to increase its density by almost 35%. Thereafter, the thermogravimetry of the gel was performed at temperatures up to 1000 °C. Except the loss in mass caused by the departure of physical and chemical water at temperatures below 200 °C, no other mass loss process was identified in the gel. The potential applications of the gel as high-temperature lubricants for automotive and metallurgical engineering and as alkaline activator in geopolymer binder were discussed. Since silica fume is a by-product material that do not require heating or grinding and can react with sodium hydroxide solution at ambient temperature, the results suggested potential for enhanced sustainability in the reduction of embodied energy for the production of the materials like high-temperature inorganic lubricant and alkaline activator for geopolymer binder.

Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Rhif yr erthyglJTAC-D-20-02797R2
Nifer y tudalennau15
CyfnodolynJournal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Cyfrol00
Rhif cyhoeddi00
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar21 Medi 2021
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 21 Medi 2021

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