ASTM requests papers for Geopolymer Binder Systems symposium.

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ASTM International is inviting paper submissions for symposium on Geopolymer Binder Systems, to be held June 26, 2012 in San Diego, CA. Requested topics include manufacturing of geopolymers and related binders as well as use of geopolymers in construction and concrete. Sustainability and quality assurance, as well as alkali activation of fly ash and other waste materials, are also topics that will be considered. Interested participants must submit 250-300 word abstract by June 27, 2011.

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Papers Are Invited for ASTM International Symposium on Geopolymer Binder Systems

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - Papers are invited for a symposium on Geopolymer Binder Systems to be held June 26, 2012, at the Sheraton San Diego in San Diego, Calif. Sponsored by ASTM International Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the symposium will be held in conjunction with the June standards development meetings of the committee.

New binders such as geopolymers and related alkali-activated aluminosilicates are being increasingly researched, are being marketed as specialty products, and are being explored for use in structural concrete. This symposium is intended to provide an opportunity for ASTM to consider whether the existing cement standards provide, on the one hand, an effective framework for further exploration of new sustainable binders and, on the other hand, reliable protection for users of these materials. Papers on the following topics are requested:

o Manufacturing of geopolymers and related alkali-activated aluminosilicate binders;

o Construction using geopolymers and related binders;

o Performance of concretes with geopolymers and related binders;

o Sustainability of geopolymers and related binders;

o Quality assurance and quality control of geopolymer mixtures; and

o Alkali activation of fly ash and other waste materials.

Interested participants must submit a 250-300 word abstract by June 27, 2011. The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Symposium chairman Leslie Struble will notify you via postal mail by Aug. 26 of your paper's acceptability for presentation at the symposium.

Symposium presenters are required to submit their papers to the Journal of ASTM International (JAI). JAI is an online, peer-reviewed journal for the international scientific and engineering community. You may access information about JAI at Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for JAI are due online no later than June 12, 2012, at the ASTM Editorial Office.

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Additional information about the workshop is available from symposium co-chairmen Leslie Struble, University of Illinois Urbana, Urbana, Ill. (phone: 217-333-2544;; and James K. Hicks, CERATECH Inc., Baltimore, Md. (phone: 936-697-2893;

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