Chemical and materials eng, University of Dayton
Ceramic Department, Materials and Energy Research Center
The effect of organic phenol on the compressive and flexural strength of a metakaolin based geopolymer is studied. It was found that 12 wt% phenol resins can increase the compressive and flexural strength by 30% and 65% respectively. In addition, the reinforcing effect of phenol resin is higher in Na-PS and Na-PSS type geopolymers rather than Na-PSDS. Two distinct endothermic peaks were detected in DTA curve which can be attributed to the release of water from phenol resin and its final thermal decomposition.