Chizhov R.V.

Candidate of Engineeering Sciences (Ph.D.), Belgorod State Technological University named after V.G. Shukhov, Russia

Nowadays, the production of high-performance composites is a relevant objective in construction industry. Normally, geological and/or technological conditions of phase formation are responsible for chemical and structural characteristics of raw materials. In this regard, the use of a certain material dictates terms to opti-mizing production process, efficient use and, therefore, requires to develop a method for quality evaluation of raw materials. This approach allows a considerable time saving and raw materials sources, while the evaluation of final performance characteristics of designed materials is being done. The biggest interest in this area is focused on new types of developed and poorly-studied composite systems which results in a lack of capacity to design materials with known performance and, therefore, constrains the areas of application of construction composites
Among such composite systems there are zero cement alkali-aluminosilicate systems or geopolymers. For geopolymers production a wide range of different aluminosilicates with varied characteristics potentially can be used. And also, in each certain case, the quality evaluation methods for aluminosilicates should be different.
This study is focused on chemical reactivity assessment method of crystalline (mainly, nanocrystalline) low calcium aluminosilicates exposed to high-alkali media. The solubility degree in high-alkali media and compressive strength performance were evaluated in this study in order to define chemical reactivity of low calcium aluminosilicates. The compressive strength data demonstrated a positive correlation with the crystallinity degree of aluminosilicates.