Low Carbon Coastal Protection

Posted 06-12-2018
Category Research

In a world-first project, the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) has partnered with NSW Ports to beneficially utilise co-products from coal-fired power stations and iron and steel manufacturing into low-carbon geopolymer concrete bollards to protect the coastline at Port Kembla from extreme weather events.

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New High Density Slag Breakwater Armour Unit

Posted 28-02-2018
Category Research

The predicted rise of the sea level, coupled with the increasing frequency of massive storms due to global warming has become a real issue for Australian coastline protection. Luckily there's a solution: Steel Furnace Slag!

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Slag - The Next Cool Thing

Posted 25-05-2017
Category Research

Research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the USA shows the use of slag in pavements and roads is seen to reduce the heat island effect suffered by a lot of metropolitan areas, due to increasing the reflectivity of the finished pavement.

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The Rise and Rise of Geopolymer Concrete Researches Binds Us Together

Posted 10-04-2017
Category Research

As geopolymer concrete knowledge increases, so does its interest. The increasing amount of research, technical and commercial papers being produced and published supports this view. Geopolymer concrete is becoming more widely accepted within the industry and in turn, the promotion the reduced CO2 benefits that come from displacing emission from Portland Cement.

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World first Geopolymer Concrete Handbook

Posted 24-02-2017
Category Research

This world first Geopolymer Concrete Handbook is designed to assist engineers and users in specifying and using Geopolymer concrete with greater confidence and less risk within the industry.

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Mineral Resource of the Month!

Posted 03-11-2016
Category Research

As the industry is very much aware, slag is a highly resourceful product. Hendrik G van Oss, a mineral commodity specialist for the U.S. minerals information center, agrees with this, rewarding iron and steel slag with the title of “Mineral Resource of the month” earlier this year while stating that iron and steel slags are co-products of iron and steelmaking, not waste products.

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Slag at the Rio Olympics

Posted 14-10-2016
Category Research

Another four years has past, the Rio de Janeiro Olympics have come and gone and the Australian Team managed to bring home eight Gold medals, eleven Silver and ten Bronze, overall taking out 10th place. Again, punching well above our weight for our relatively small population.

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Grey on the outside, Green on the inside

Posted 08-08-2016
Category Research

Concrete is the second most used commodity in the world and although its applications are great, its environmental impacts are distressing. With estimated 10% of all CO2 output being attributed to concrete production. there has to be an answer for this environmental conundrum. 

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When True Facts Lead to False Conclusions

Posted 01-07-2016
Category Research

All those educated about slag know that its benefits outweigh its flaws 10 to 1. To increase its use and applications it is important to share factual, positive stories about slag. Connections and Connections Selections do just that.

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GGBS Reducing Concrete Erosion across Australia

Posted 04-05-2016
Category Research

The issue of concrete cancer and erosion has become increasingly more common across Australia from the 1960’s. Since then the problem has only escalated and is now a widespread problem on Queensland’s east coast. This is because this area is prone to the three (3) major causes of Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR) or concrete cancer.

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Quick Reference Guide 4: Electric Arc Furnace Slag is Live!

Posted 29-09-2015
Category Research

After months of meticulous editing, QRG 4 - Electric Arc Furnance Slag is live and ready to read! The 4 page publication encompasses the physical properties, applications, environmental considerations and multiple case studies.

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Connections Inspections! - Survey

Posted 04-05-2015
Category Research

We want to know what you think about Connections and how we can improve it for you in the future. A short two minute survey is now avaliable online, we would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about future editions.

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A Novel Concept for Slag Utilisation

Posted 27-04-2015
Category Research

In the United States two researchers at DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory have discovered that mixing two slag products at a unique ratio can generate energy in the form of heat and fuels.

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Jamie Watts for the CRC

Posted 09-04-2015
Category Research

The CRC: Low Carbon Living project commenced on the 12th of December 2012. Upon its initiation it was expected to create seven beneficial outcomes by 2020, including being able to provide 88 research students with detailed experience in the low carbon built environment. One of these 88 students (Jamie Watts) has recently produced his CRC funded Honours Thesis.‚Äč

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China adopts Australian (CSIRO) dry slag granulation invention

Posted 15-03-2015
Category Research

Australian technology which harvests molten iron blast furnace slag and converts it into a granulated blast furnace slag make cement is being trialled in China where 60% of the world’s iron blast furnace slag is produced. The process is considered environmentally within metal production, called Dry Slag Granulation (DSG), reduces water use and cuts greenhouse gas emissions.

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Update: Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRC-LCL)

Posted 27-01-2015
Category Research

The Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living approval for a $3.1 million project, RP1020: Reducing Barriers for Commercial Adaptation of Construction Materials with Low-Embodied-Carbon will span the next three (3) years and is well on track with progress to be reviewed in April 2015.

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