Advancements in Concrete Technology in Australia: Geo-Polymer Concrete

By Koorosh Gharehbaghi.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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The main focus of this paper is to discuss advancements in concrete technology, particularly in the use of Geo-Polymer Concrete (GPC) for the purpose of construction in Australia. Geo-Polymer Concrete is environmentally friendly but yet strong enough for major construction projects. This includes the utilization of GPC for selected structural components such as load-bearing walls. In addition, this paper explores the future of GPC in the Australian construction industry. The paper investigates the benefits or otherwise of the successful utilization of GPC in the Australian construction and engineering industry. Furthermore, the Australian construction industry has the potential to gain a valuable insight into the benefits of GPC as an alternative to other materials. Therefore, the main areas which will contribute to the successful implementation of GPC in the Australian market will be identified and supported. These include areas such as the environmental advantages and mechanical properties (strength and durability) that will benefit the Australian construction industry, as well as obstacles which may influence GPC’s future. Finally, this paper reports the successful implementation of GPC in the Australian construction industry as influenced by a variety of technical issues such as environmental and commercial factors.

Keywords: Geo-Polymer Concrete (GPC), Portland Cement (PC), Carbon Emission, Recycled Materials, Mechanical Properties

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2016, pp.19-29. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 11, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 609.727KB)).

Dr. Koorosh Gharehbaghi

Lecturer, School of Property, Construction, and Project Management, The Institution of Engineers Australia, Melbourne, Vic, Australia