Volume 72 Issue 4
Use of mine tailings as precast construction materials through alkali activation
Huang, Bo; Feng, Qingming; An, Dongbo; Zhang, Jinhong
A study of the application of mine tailings as precast construction materials through alkali activation was carried out, focusing on efficiently activating mine tailings, reducing alkali consumption, decreasing curing time and improving compressive strength. Test results showed that unconfined compressive strength of 40 MPa was achieved. In addition, to elucidate the geopolymerization mechanism of mine tailings, microscopic and spectroscopic techniques including scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDX) analysis, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectroscopy were used to investigate the microstructures and elemental and phase compositions of the reaction products. The findings of the present work provide a practical method for applying mine tailings as precast construction materials through alkali activation.
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (2020) 37:251–265, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42461-019-00149-w
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