Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Arriagada C., Navarrete I., Lopez M. (2019)

Understanding the Effect of Porosity on the Mechanical and Thermal Performance of Foam Glass Lightweight Aggregates and the Influence of Production Factors

Revista : Construction and Building Materials
Volumen : 228
Páginas : 116746
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


The presence of lightweight aggregates (LWAs) in concrete reduces the density and thermal conductivity of concrete at the expense of its mechanical strength. This research quantifies the influences of the pore structure, characterized using micro computed tomography (µ-CT), on the thermal and mechanical performance of 38 types of LWAs made with glass foam from recycled glass. A higher porosity and smaller pore size distribution allow the achievement of higher mechanical strength and lower thermal conductivity. Such a pore structure can be obtained by reducing the size of the particles of the foaming agent and by increasing the temperature of the expansion process.