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Improvement of the Performance Characteristics of Geopolymer-based Proppant

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A fly ash geopolymer based proppant to support fracking applications in the oil and gas well industry has been developed at Louisiana Tech University. The manufacturing of geopolymer based proppants presents a series of advantages which make the prospective technology both economically viable as well as very effective in reducing power plants solid waste stream.

Requirements to be met are namely compressive strength and conductivity. Conductivity is a costly test that should be conducted after achieving the compressive strength requirement.

The objective of this proposal is to set up a testing plan that will produce a fly ash geopolymer based proppant with a crush resistance maximum of 10% fines generated at a pressure of 5,000 psi using 40 mesh while retaining all the other properties.


Principal Investigator:  Montes, Carlos  --  Trenchless Technology
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Funding Agencies:  Alchemy Geopolymer
Amount Awarded:  10,370

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August 18th, 2017

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