The potential for using geopolymer concrete in the UK

Andrew Heath, Kevin Paine, Steve Goodhew, Michael Ramage, Michael Lawrence

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Geopolymers are a novel class of inorganic polymers, which have the potential to replace Portland cement in a number of different applications. Geopolymers can utilise a higher level of industrial by-products than Portland cement blends and numerous studies have concluded geopolymer concretes have significantly lower embodied carbon dioxide than Portland-cement-based concretes. This paper examines the potential for the use of geopolymer binders as a Portland cement replacement in the UK. The quantities of material required, the major sources of these materials, the environmental implications and the barriers to implementation are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-203
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Construction Materials
Issue number4
Early online date5 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • geopolymer
  • concrete technology & manufacture


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