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High-Value and Resource-Based Utilization of Coal-Based Solid Waste

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Waste and Recycling".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 8 October 2024 | Viewed by 1168

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College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China
Interests: research on key technologies of coal-based solid waste silicon aluminum carbon energy resource utilization

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College of Materials Science and Engineering, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051, China
Interests: organic/inorganic porous materials and their applications in energy storage and environmental protection

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College of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China
Interests: research on the aerogel manufacturing process; synthesis and properties of aerogel expanded perlite; performance of aerogel expanded perlite insulation material

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Expanding the source of natural resources as well as promoting harmony between man and nature is important to the sustainable development of human society. Coals have played a crucial role in the development process of human society over the centuries, but the accompanying problem to this is environmental pollution and the low-value utilization of coal-based solid waste. Coal-based solid waste normally refers to coal gangue, fly ash, lignite, etc., in general. The traditional utilization of coal-based solid waste is conducted in a relatively rough way, with practices such as stockpiling, landfill, simply mixed into concrete, combustion power generation with a low calorific value, etc. Achieving the high-value and resource-based utilization of coal-based solid waste will not only facilitate environmental conservation but also enrich mineral resources. Different from traditional utilization practices, high-value and resource-based utilization of emphasizes functional and high-value added applications and deep processing. This Special Issue on "High-Value and Resource-Based Utilization of Coal-Based Solid Waste" of Sustainability aims to highlight the recent advances in technology in down-stream processing with high added-value and resource-based applications of coal-based solid waste, as well as discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future development.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Wave absorbing and stealth applications;
  • Sound absorption and noise reduction applications;
  • Soil manure and conditioner applications;
  • Wastewater treatment technologies;
  • Foamed ceramic materials.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Yongzhen Wang
Dr. Rui Zhou
Dr. Liang Wang
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • coal-based solid waste
  • coal gangue
  • fly ash
  • lignite
  • wave absorbing and stealth
  • sound absorption and noise reduction
  • soil manure and conditioner
  • wastewater treatment
  • foamed ceramic

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Recycling of Coal Combustion Waste through Production of Foamed Geopolymers with Improved Strength
by Elena Alfredovna Yatsenko, Boris Mikhailovich Goltsman, Yuri Vladimirovich Novikov, Sergey Vyacheslavovich Trofimov, Anna Vladimirovna Ryabova, Victoria Alexandrovna Smoliy and Lyudmila Vasilievna Klimova
Sustainability 2023, 15(23), 16296; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152316296 - 24 Nov 2023
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Recycling of industrial waste into useful materials is a crucial aim for achieving sustainable development in materials science. The use of production waste in the manufacture of construction materials contributes to improving the environmental situation and reducing the cost of the final product. [...] Read more.
Recycling of industrial waste into useful materials is a crucial aim for achieving sustainable development in materials science. The use of production waste in the manufacture of construction materials contributes to improving the environmental situation and reducing the cost of the final product. This article examines the utilization of coal combustion waste recycled into foamed geopolymers and ways of enhancing their strength properties through the introduction of strengthening additives. Eight compositions of foamed geopolymers containing different strengthening additives were synthesized. Inorganic substances (CaO, MgO, ZnO, TiO2, Al2O3, SiC, and ZrO2) were chosen as strengthening additives that were introduced in an amount of 3% (over 100%). The physical and mechanical properties (density, compressive strength, porosity, and pore size distribution) of the obtained samples were studied and compared. Magnesium oxide MgO and aluminum oxide Al2O3 were chosen as the best strengthening additives. Magnesium oxide allows geopolymer materials with the lowest density to be obtained. Aluminum oxide can significantly increase the strength of geopolymers. The phase composition of the samples contains new crystalline phases in the form of α-alumina and periclase. The porous structure is homogeneous and meets the requirements for foamed thermal insulation materials. The strengthening effect of the chosen additives was verified using geopolymers based on different waste from Novocherkassk SDPP. Full article
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