Development of next-generation 3D construction printer for geopolymers made from industrial by-products in Kazakhstan

  • Ali, Md. Hazrat (PI)
  • Mukhametkaliyev, Timur (Other Faculty/Researcher)
  • Baiharina, Akerke (Other Faculty/Researcher)
  • Satkhan, Anuar (Undergraduate student)
  • Iskakov, Aziz (Undergraduate student)
  • Temirzakuly, Bakbergen (Undergraduate student)
  • Sultangazin, Suienish (Other participant)
  • Baigarina, Akerke (Other participant)
  • Bekbolat, Amanali (Other participant)

Project: MES RK

Project Details

Grant Program

Grant Funding 2022-2024
Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Project Description

This project will research, design, and develop an inexpensive large-scale construction 3D printer. It aims to fabricate building elements, concrete products and prefab buildings with geopolymer concrete produced from industrial byproducts of Kazakhstan. 3D printer will be capable of printing products with geopolymers using a heated 3D printing head.

Project Relevance

This project is very relvant to the current need in developing novel geopolymer-based printing system

Project Impact

"The key objectives of this research project are to:
a) Design and develop a novel cost-effective 3DGP.
b) Develop new geopolymer 3D printing techniques to reduce construction cost and advance in construction technology.
During this project, optimization and adjustment will be performed through the hardware, design, and performance of the 3D printing system. The real-time data from thermal and pressure sensors in the printing head will yield valuable quantitative information to fine-tune the mechanical properties of our printable geopolymer concrete and improve our software for the detection of anomalies and predictive analytics. Such technical development is mandatory to achieve our main goal, namely to develop an innovative Geopolymer 3D printing system by maximizing the advantages of printable material.
c) Develop compiling and algorithm of selection of material concentrations for a given 3D object.
The research team will collaborate with the Metatron Company which develops a variety of unique geopolymer concrete from byproducts of Kazakhstan industries such as; fly ash, ground granulated blast slag (GGBS), red mud, coal mining waste, raw mineral materials, mine tailings, etc. Because geopolymers are high-performance, cost-effective materials made from industrial wastes they ideally fit the needs of construction 3D printing technology. This collaboration will provide a tailored guideline on how to improve our overall product including optimization of geopolymer concretes specifically for 3D printing demands.d) Integrate optimal heater to the print head for geopolymer concretes, thereby, it improves material structure, higher adhesion between printed layers, and controllable buildability. The control of these properties currently represents a major challenge of 3D printing construction technology.
e) Foster new talents through effective knowledge transfer and research training.
f) Apply the developed knowledge and techniques in industrial and academic fields to promote technology innovation and scientific research.
The research team of this project already developed a variety of unique geopolymer concrete from byproducts of Kazakhstan industries such as; fly ash, ground granulated blast slag (GGBS), red mud, coal mining waste, raw mineral materials, mine tailings, etc This project will provide a rigorous research on how to improve our overall product including optimization of geopolymer concretes specifically for 3D printing demands."
AcronymАР13068039
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/1/2212/31/24