Preparation of water-permeable bricks derived from fly ash by autoclaving

Jiahao Li, Xilong Li, Sha Liang*, Yuanshang Zhang, Qiang Ye, Li Zhang, Chaoqun Pan, Ruibin Lv, Qingyi Li, Keke Xiao, Yilei Yan, Ye Chen, Jingping Hu, Huijie Hou, Jiakuan Yang

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In this study, water-permeable bricks were prepared from fly ash (FA) by autoclaving. Granulated FA prepared by geopolymerization was used as aggregate and mixed with fine FA to achieve a high content of FA (>50 wt%) in water-permeable bricks. Effects of sodium silicate dose, water/fine FA mass ratio, forming pressure and autoclaving time on the performance of water-permeable bricks were investigated. Under optimal conditions, the compressive strength and permeability coefficient of prepared bricks could reach 35.5 MPa, and 1.044 × 10-4 m/s, respectively. The mineral compositions, micro-morphology, and pore distribution of the permeable bricks were investigated. The pore structure of permeable bricks was investigated by using mercury intrusion porosimetry and micro computed tomography. The connected pores in bricks contribute to the higher water permeability coefficient.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121556
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
StatePublished - 15 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Autoclaving
  • Fly ash
  • Geopolymerization
  • Micro-CT
  • Permeable brick
  • Porosity


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