An innovative light weight composite panel system for high speed modular construction
This proposed project aims to develop an innovative composite panel system using aerated geopolymer and a thin high strength steel casing. The new panel system will have a number of significant enhancements compared to the traditional panels in terms of load resistance, much lower carbon footprint and life-cycle costs. It will offer desirable properties, such as being light-weight, easy to construct, economical, recyclable and reusable. A significant gap in knowledge exists in the material and system behaviour of the aerated geopolymer and its fire performance. A comprehensive research program will be carried out to address those challenges and to provide design guidelines to rapidly progress this technologies in Australia and overseas.
- Ngo, T., Hajimohammadi, A., Sanjayan, J., & Mendis, P. (2017). Characterisation tests and design of foam concrete for prefabricated modular construction. Concrete in Australia.
- Hajimohammadi, A., Ngo, T., & Mendis, P. (2017). How does aluminium foaming agent impact the geopolymer formation mechanism? Cement and Concrete Composites.
- Kashani, A., Ngo, T. D., Walkley, B., & Mendis, P. (2017). Thermal performance of calcium-rich alkali-activated materials: A microstructural and mechanical study. Construction and Building Materials.
- Gunawardena, T., Ngo, T., Mendis, P., & Alfano, J. (2016). Innovative Flexible Structural System Using Prefabricated Modules. Journal of Architectural Engineering.
Leader: Tuan Ngo
Staff: Prof Priyan Mendis
Collaborators: Prof Hong Hao (Curtin University) Prof Jose L. Torero (The University of Queensland) Prof Jay Sanjayan (Swinburne University of Technology) Mr David Visser (Speedpanel Australia Ltd)
Sponsors: Australian Research Council, Speedpanel Australia Ltd
Optimisation of resources and infrastructure
civil engineering; energy efficiency; geopolymers; numerical modelling