GEODUST

The main aim of the GeoDust project is to establish strong partnership and concentrate wide knowledge of research and industrial organizations across EU which will be able to solve any problem related to cement manufacturing, characterization and utilization as well as the development and use of new “greener” hybrid cements or even cementless alkali-activated binders. Scientific quality of our consortium is assured by Materials Research Centre at Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic, consortium leader), Eduardo Torroja Institute (Spain) and Technical university of Ostrava (Czech Republic), while necessary and inspiring insights from industry comes from CEMMAC, Ltd. (cement plant Horné Srnie, Slovakia) and concrete producer ŽPSV (Czech Republic).

Besides significant consumption of energy and raw materials, Portland cement manufacturing also produces some waste – cement bypass dust (CBPD). Therefore, the key objective of the GeoDust project is to change CBPD from waste to secondary raw material. To achieve this goal, CBPD has been widely investigated in terms of its chemical and phase composition as well as physical properties throughout the consortium. Based on these findings, alkali-activated slag-based binders and hybrid cements are being developed to produce cheap concretes predominantly based on secondary raw materials and wastes including CBPD. Furthermore, great effort is paid to spread the general awareness about alternative binders to wide non-scientific community and to popularize natural sciences in general. These are also the main reasons why these web pages were launched.

CONSORTIUM MEMBERS / TEAM MEMBERS

Consortium / Research Team

RESEARCH TEAM CZ

Vysoké učení technické v Brně / Brno University of Technology


Ing. Tomas Opravil, Ph.D.

Ing. Tomas Opravil, Ph.D.

project manager, coordination of BUT research team and objectives
Assoc. Prof. Ing. Frantisek Soukal, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Ing. Frantisek Soukal, Ph.D.

scientific supervision, specialist for inorganic binders, scientific consultations within the project implementation

Ing. Eva Bartonickova, Ph.D.

Ing. Eva Bartonickova, Ph.D.

coordination and evaluation of bulk raw material analysis; equality manager

Ing. Lukas Kalina, Ph.D.

Ing. Lukas Kalina, Ph.D.

results processing and evaluation, specialist for SEM microscopy and alkali activated materials

Ing. Eva Štěpánková, Ph.D.

Ing. Eva Štěpánková, Ph.D.

project administration, equality work

Ing. Vlastimil Bílek, Ph.D.

Ing. Vlastimil Bílek, Ph.D.

coordination and supervising of the experimental works

 

Vysoká škola Báňská v Ostravě / Technical University of Ostrava


Ing. Filip Khestl, Ph.D.

Ing. Filip Khestl, Ph.D.

coordinator for TUO, specialist in research of secondary raw materials and its application
Ing. Pavel Mec

Ing. Pavel Mec

focus on testing and studying the behavior of secondary raw materials in the environment

Assoc. Prof. Barbara Vojvodikova, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Barbara Vojvodikova, Ph.D.

focusing on the environmental aspects of secondary raw materials

 

ŽPSV a.s.


Assoc. Prof. Vlastimil Bilek, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Vlastimil Bilek, Ph.D.

Many years of experience in research of secondary raw materials, alkali-activated materials and its application. In this project will cooperate on development and design of concrete for practical application, coordinate industrial experiments and pilot tests.

RESEARCH TEAM SK

Ing. Robert Jansky

Ing. Robert Jansky

production director responsible for quarry, cement production, dispatch and laboratory
Ing. Zuzana Hantakova

Ing. Zuzana Hantakova

head of laboratory, responsible for organization and realization of chemical analysis and testing physical and mechanical properties of products

Ing. Radovan Huserka

Ing. Radovan Huserka

technologist, process specialist for clinker burning and cement grinding, responsible for optimization of processes

Ing. Julius Kuzma

Ing. Julius Kuzma

quality manager, product manager, specialist in cement and inorganic binders chemistry, responsible for inventing of new products and consultation with customers

RESEARCH TEAM ESP

Prof. Angel Palomo

Prof. Angel Palomo

scientific professor, expert in the field of alkali activation, alternative concretes
Dr. Ana Fernandez-Jimenez

Dr. Ana Fernandez-Jimenez

expert on field of Alkaline Activation of materials (slags, fly ashes, etc.)

SEMINARIES AND WORKSHOPS

Seminars / Workshops

1st WORKSHOP  

First seminar will be held on 23th June 2017 on the premises of the Brno University of Technology, Faculty of chemistry, Purkyňova 118, room P2/M66.

The seminar starts at 9 am and the program is following:

9:00 – 10:00   "Sustainability and durability of cements: two possible challenges by using high proportions of fly ashes" - A. Palomo.
10:00 – 10:30  "By-pass cement kiln dust production in clinker burning"-R. Jansky.


10:30 – 10:50  Coffee Break


10:50 – 11:20  "The role of cement by pass- dust in AAS" - V. Bilek jr..
11:20 – 11:50  "Environmental Impact Assessmment" - F. Khestl.
11:50 – 12:10  "Alkali activated materials: the way to solving shrinkage issues" - L. Kalina.

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1st SUMMER SCHOOL

The 1st Summer school was held in Prague the 20th of February 2018 at the Faculty of Civil Engeniiering (on the premises of Czech Technical University in Prague), where the similar research topics have been studied and the possible knowledge sharing and scintific disscusions will be actual.

Program of the seminar:

9:25–9:30       Opening speech
9:30–10:00     "Alternative binders and secondary raw materials" -  Ana Fernández-Jiménez.
10:00–10:30   "Hybrid binders, Alkali activated cements" - Angel Palomo.


10:30–11:00   Coffee break


11:00–11:30   "Cement bypass dust: Today and Tomorrow" - Robert Jánský.
11:30–12:00   "Sustainable development of residencies" - Barbara Vojvodíková.
12:00–12:10   Closing speech.
12:10–13:30  Lunch.


13:30–16:00   Consortium meeting aimed on further research. 

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Secondments

Secondments carried out at the place of cement plant (CEMMAC Horní Srnie) were insterested in the cement production technology and the CBPD feedstock and its production. The experimental works were done in the newly formed laboratory directly in the cement place where the raw materials for the planned experiments are daily available.

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 Next workshop will be held in Brno during the 17th Meeting on Chemistry and Life (12 - 14. 9. 2018 http://www.fch.vut.cz/chl2018.html).

 

ETHICS AND GENDER IN SCIENCE

 

Gender dimension in research is one of the very important aspects of the research as it is. But in order to discuss this much talked topic the basic terminology needs to be clearly stated. Sex is a biological quality, that we are mostly born with. It is an biological classification of sexually-reproducing organisms and it is possible to clasify it according to factors: genetical, morphological and gametic.

On the other hand gender is a socio-cultural process that we are born to. It refers to the cultural and social attitudes that together shape and sanction "feminine" and "masculine"  behavior, products, technologies, environments and knowledges. Gendered behaviors and attitudes are learned: they are neither fixed or universal.

To state even clearly, an example: A conference on "Sex differences in Pain" would adress biologial deteminants of pain perception between women and men. A conference on "Gender differences in pain" would adress socio-cultural assumptions about how women and men experience pain differently. (Fishermann et al., 1999)