Development of pilot plant for novel geopolymer brick making machine
Che Mohd Ruzaidi, Ghazali, Assoc. Prof.
Kamarudin, Hussin, Brig. Jen. Dato' Prof. Dr.
Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri, Abdullah
Muhammad Faheem, Mohd Tahir
Shamsul, Baharin Jamaludin, Prof. Dr.
Mohammad Tamizi, Selimin
Muhd Izzat, Ahmad
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With rapid growing country's development and rose in construction activity, rising demand of building materials and increased construction wastes have encouraged the development of new building materials. Geopolymer based construction materials such as concrete, aggregate, brick and so on are getting good response by the public especially those in the construction and development industries nowadays. Geopolymer bricks making process consume less energy and low cost in term of raw materials and production compared to conventional bricks. It become a nessesity nowadays to provide a machine that produced construction material based on geopolymer that are compatible with geopolymer process that can improved productivity and promote geopoymer construction material to repace convertional construction material. This paper presents the main component, specification and controlling system of the geopolymer brick making machine. This paper also describes the basic operation of the brick produced by using novel geopolymer brick making machine. The capacity production is adequate which has mixing tank capacity of 40 kg per batch with high compaction pressure which is 40 tonne and low curing temperature needed (less than 100 °C) that can produce high quality and environmental friendly brick. The size of the brick produced is 9" x 4" x 2.5 accordance with the standard size based on British Standard BS 3921: 1985