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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2014, Article ID 875940, 6 pages
Research Article

Study on Thermal Insulation Zeolite by Coal Fly Ash

State Environment Protection Key Laboratory of Efficient Utilization Technology of Coal Waste Resources, Institute of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006, China

Received 17 June 2014; Accepted 16 July 2014; Published 6 August 2014

Academic Editor: Tifeng Jiao

Copyright © 2014 Huiping Song et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper takes the coal fly ash as the material and makes zeolite with low thermal conductivity under a two-step synthesis for the purpose of thermal insulation. It studies main factors affecting zeolite such as the different concentration of NaOH, the solid-liquid ratio, the silica-alumina ratio, and the crystallization temperature. The optimal conditions were obtained that the NaOH concentration was 3 mol/L, the solid-liquid ratio was 10 : 1, the silica-alumina ratio was 2, and the crystallization temperature was 12°C. Zeolites have multiple pores and skeletal structures under SEM observation. The mean particle size was 2.78 um of concentrated distribution. The pore volume was 0.148 m3/g measured by BET analysis, the specific surface was 118.6 m2/g, and the thermal conductivity was 0.153 W/(m·K). Zeolite was proved to be a qualified insulation material which can be used in thermal insulation coating as a new material of energy conservation.