Influence of different sources of coal gangue used as aluminosilicate powder on the mechanical properties and microstructure of alkali-activated cement


  • B. J. Frasson Civil Engineering Department, ValoRes Waste Materials and Development of Sustainable Materials Laboratory, Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • R. C.A. Pinto Civil Engineering Department, ValoRes Waste Materials and Development of Sustainable Materials Laboratory, Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • J. C. Rocha Civil Engineering Department, ValoRes Waste Materials and Development of Sustainable Materials Laboratory, Federal University of Santa Catarina



Alkali-activated cement, Cement paste, Microstructure, Mechanical properties, Physical properties


Coal mining wastes are associated with serious environmental problems; they have potential as building materials, including alkali-activated cement. In this study, the effect of different coal mining wastes on the mechanical properties and microstructural development of alkali-activated materials (AAMs) was evaluated through XRD, SEM and FTIR spectroscopy. Different alkali-activated compounds were produced; the alkaline solution was composed of NaOH+Na2SiO3. The results obtained using the calcined coal sludge showed excellent mechanical performance, with compressive strength higher than 60 MPa. However, addition of metakaolin and ordinary Portland cement was necessary to increase the mechanical performance of calcined coal gangue materials. The formation of N-A-S-H gel and the incorporation of iron ions into the cementitious matrix were evidenced. Ultrasonic pulse velocity indicated the early polymerization during the reaction processes. The study verified that the different characteristics of the wastes influence the performance of alkali-activated materials.


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Frasson, B. J., Pinto, R. C., & Rocha, J. C. (2019). Influence of different sources of coal gangue used as aluminosilicate powder on the mechanical properties and microstructure of alkali-activated cement. Materiales De Construcción, 69(336), e199.



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