Gallery: Fly Ash Pollution Could Be Used as a Construction Material


Pollution is everywhere – and if it is not adding to greenhouse gas emissions, then it is causing other kinds of environmental damage such as acid rain. However, a researcher at Missouri University of Science and Technology believes that pollution could be useful to us as a building material. Jeffery Volz, assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, believes that fly ash – the fine particles that rise with fuel gases during combustion – could be used in concrete. If his hypothesis is correct, it could prevent millions of tons of the waste product from reaching landfills in addition to reducing global CO2 emissions.

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  1. vanh July 17, 2011 at 6:42 am

    i need to sale my stone moutiane busioness in lao

  2. ardeshana April 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

    the awareness among users is very poor and government authority should be strict to compulsory utilization of ash in construction industries.the ash producer (thermal power plants) should be penalized due to violence in rules and regulations and environment any negotiation with environment.

  3. Liquidsilver February 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Flyash has been used for years in the concrete industry. The problem is it is going to be classified as a hazardous material in the coming years, thus increasing its cost to use.

  4. David van Vliet February 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Fly-ash has been incorporated in concrete for decades! Why does the author of this piece say ‘if his hypothesis is correct…” ?

  5. speedjohn February 9, 2011 at 3:01 am

    It’s already being used.

  6. stretchr February 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Not sure exactly what percentage of fly-ash it contains, but Zeobond’s e-crete reduces the embedded CO2 of concrete by at least 60% compared to OPC based concrete.

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