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NSF I-Corps

Optimized Geopolymers
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shahin agahzadeh

on 8 April 2014

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Transcript of NSF I-Corps

UCSD
R&D
The Product
Optimized
Fly Ash as replacement for cement is
NOT a brand new idea!
(calculated using the cement in flooring of all buildings going for LEED Certification year in 2013)
Concrete Market
Durable & Recyclable; up 80% as aggregate (3pts.)
Last longer & requires less maintenance.
Reflective; less energy to illuminate setting. (4 Pts.)
Thermal mass; helps with excessive temperature hot or cold. 45% less energy for heating and cooling. (11 Pts.)
Easy LEED points!
Resources
Fly Ash costs
1/2 to 2/3 of Portland Cement
Due to Improved Product Durability
up to 60%
less energy cost
to manufacture.
Shahin Agahzadeh
Project Lead:
Faculty Adviser:
Jacob School of Structural Engineering
DR. Yael D. Van Den Einde
Lab Access:
Charles Lee Powell Laboratories
Structural & Materials Engineering (SME)
Project Team:
Using Optimized Geoplymers can earn LEED points to help get LEED certified.
Portland Cement
Production creats CO2
Sustainable Product
Delivered to Market
What IS Fly Ash?
When coal is consumed in the power plants, a product called “fly ash” is left over.
Geopolymers
Advanced high-tech composites and Replacement for Portland Cement.
Geopolymer
for
Flooring
Application
Optimized
using
Fly Ash
WHY USE FLY ASH?
Improving Product Quality
Improving Environmental Performance
Greater Strength
Workability
Receded Permeability
Improves Resistance to several chemical attacks.
Product last longer (Double or Triple the Design life)
Conserving Landfill space by utilizing fly Ash.
Concrete uses less water when Fly Ash is in the mix.
Eliminates the need to produce New raw material.
Every government building, built has to be LEED certified!!!
60% less energy to manufacture
Costs less
Improves product quality
Improves Environmental quality
reduces CO2
The low hanging fruit (LEED) in the market alone is $400 Million and upwards of $10 Billion market potential!!!
rather than what is used for flooring today
Creates
Portland
Cement
Production
CO2
Improving Product Quality & Environmental Performance
Huge Market
size
The low hanging fruit alone is $400 Million!
U.S. market for concrete is up wards of $10 Billion, a very large market.
There have been attempt to bring cement mixes with Fly Ash in to the market,
but only general mixes that are not intended for any particular application!
Therefore, not the best choice for most projects and not used often.
Geopolymers
for
Flooring
NEW!
Through our lab research
we have found that we can make certain mixes that are perfect for concrete flooring; cheaper, faster, and energy efficient.
DR. Jose Restrepo (Concrete Specialist)
Jacobs School of Structural Engineering
Packaged like a pancake mix
Using Optimized Geoplymers can earn LEED points for using recycle content, regional materials and/or innovative design.
Every government building has to be LEED certified!
$400 Million Market for Flooring Application.
Option #1
Next?
Option #2:
Easy to use and obtain
Costs less in short term
Costs less in long term
Improves Environmental quality
Gain LEED points easily
Speeds up construction process
Value Preposition:
Sell rights to manufacturers
Value Preposition:
LEED
Option#1
or
Option#2
Sell at construction retail stores, like..
Works
Cost competitive
Optimized for LEED
No additional material needed to meet building codes
No professional input in needed in mix design

Available at home improvement stores
Concerte Plants
Our Product
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