Projet NanoGP – Multiscale modeling of advanced nano-reinforced geopolymer/CNTs materials

Type de projet : ANR
Dates : Novembre 2020 – Octobre 2023
Equipe de recherche concernée :ER1
Responsable du projet :Ali ZAOUI
Centres concernés :Université de Lille
Partenaires :Université de Darmstadt, Allemagne

Description du projet

Nowadays, geopolymers are advanced alternatives to cementitious materials, where their excellent chemical and fire resistance are some of its most appealing properties. Geopolymers enable the use of industrial waste materials while converting them into a novel binding material. Reinforcing geopolymers with nano-carbons would significantly strengthen its microstructure and with this enhancing the long-term mechanical and durability performance. The proposed project is supported by ANR project NanoGP. It will mainly focus on modeling, validating metakaolin and fly ash based geopolymers reinforced with carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Although some experimental studies have been conducted on nano-reinforced geopolymers, the molecular nano-structure, the relationship with the chemical composition, the reaction kinetics, and its effect on the mechanical properties and durability is still not fully understood. It remains difficult to tailor the properties of CNT_geopolymers since they are influenced by multiple synthesis factors, such as the properties of raw materials, chemical composition (e.g. Si/Al and Na/Al ratios), CNT density and dispersion, water content, curing temperature and humidity. Therefore, a clear understanding the characteristics of CNT_geopolymer-based microstructures, at the nano-scale level, is of vital importance for achieving the desired macro-mechanical properties.

Apports scientifiques du laboratoire

Il s’git d’explorer de nouvelles voies de recherche concernant les géopolymères, ainsi que l’utilité des nanomatériaux. Ceci permettra de lever les nombreuses ambiguïtés encore liées à ce domaine. Les résultats donneront un nouveau dynamisme à l’équipe ER1 et au laboratoire dans le domaine des matériaux de génie civil, l’environnement et la modélisation aux petites échelles.