An experimental study to investigate the relationship between Vickers microhardness and compressive strength of geopolymers made from metakaolin has been conducted. Samples were prepared by using metakaolin activated with a sodium silicate solution at a different ratio of Si to Al and Na to Al and cured at 70°C for one hour. The resulting geopolymers were stored in an open air for 28 days before conducting any measurement. Bulk density and apparent porosity of the samples were measured by using Archimedes’s method. Vickers microhardness measurements were performed on a polished surface of geopolymers with a load ranging from 0.3 – 1.0 kg. The topographic of indented samples were examined by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Compressive strength of the resulting geopolymers was measured on the cylindrical samples with a ratio of height to the diameter was 2:1. The results showed that the molar ratios of geopolymers compositions play important roles in the magnitude of bulk density, porosity, Vickers’s microhardness as well as the compressive strength. The porosity reduced exponentially the magnitude of the strength of geopolymers. It was found that the relationship between Vickers microhardness and compressive strength was linear.
The relationship between Vickers microhardness and compressive strength of functional surface geopolymers
Subaer, Januari Jaya Ekaputri, Hamzah Fansuri, Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah; The relationship between Vickers microhardness and compressive strength of functional surface geopolymers. AIP Conf. Proc. 26 September 2017; 1885 (1): 020170. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5002364
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