MICROWAVE MANUFACTURE OF GLASS FOAM BY COMBINED USE OF GRAPHITE AND CALCIUM CARBONATE AS FOAMING AGENTS
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The paper presents experimental results obtained in the manufacturing process of high-strength glass foam by combined use of two solid foaming agents (calcium carbonate and graphite) in variable weight ratios. The originality of the work is applying the unconventional microwave heating method, unlike the conventional techniques currently used in similar industrial processes. The optimal experimental variant, composed of 89.1 % glass waste, 0.9% calcium carbonate, 1 % graphite and other additives, was sintered at 828 ºC with a very low energy consumption (0.73 kWh/kg). The main characteristics of the optimal product were apparent density of 0.39 g/cm3, thermal conductivity of 0.088 W/m·K and compressive strength of 3.6 MPa, being usable in fields that requires resistance to mechanical stress and relatively difficult environmental conditions.