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Salah M. El-Haggar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166471

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166471.001.0001

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Innovation in the Glass Industry: Upcycle of Glass Waste: Foam Glass

Innovation in the Glass Industry: Upcycle of Glass Waste: Foam Glass

(p.171) Chapter 6 Innovation in the Glass Industry: Upcycle of Glass Waste: Foam Glass
Sustainability and Innovation

Dina Abdel Alim

Salah M. El-Haggar

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter first discusses the glass manufacturing, classification of glass wastes, glass waste recycling, and glass container recycling. It then turns to foam glass, a lightweight glass material of cellular structure that can be made entirely out of recycled glass. Foam glass is a valuable product that can be used in a range of engineering applications because of its structure. It is a heterophase system that consists of a solid phase and a gaseous phase. The solid phase is glass, which constitutes the thin walls of the cells. Inside the cells is the gaseous phase. Foam glass has a very low density (120kg/m3), yet a relatively high compressive strength and dimensional stability, making it an ideal candidate for thermally and acoustically insulating construction materials. The production and applications of foam glass are discussed.

Keywords:   glass manufacturing, glass waste, glass recycling, recycled glass, foam glass

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