“Any changes that reduce the cost of production will lead to significant gains across the industry, potentially on a global scale.”
Polymer produces a high strength, water-resistant material suited to areas with heavy traffic such as service stations and airports.
Engineering student Dikshit Modgil worked with Melbourne-based Orca Civil Products as part of his Master’s research.
Orca Civil Products Director Alan Travers said the partnership produced results useful in taking the concept further to commercialization.
He said: “The specific type of waste glass used in this project was unsuitable for recycling back into glass and the amount that is stockpiling is becoming a community problem.
“The concept has even more appeal to us because of predicted shortages of natural, mined sands in the medium term.”
Dr. Al-Ameri added the next stage of their research would look at substitutes for the aggregate in polymer concrete, optimizing the substitution rate, assessing durability, and the commercialization of the new product.
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