Thermal Conductivity of Foam Glass

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Due to the increased focus on energy savings and waste recycling foam glass materials have gained increased attention. The production process of foam glass is a potential low-cost recycle option for challenging waste, e.g. CRT glass and industrial waste (fly ash and slags). Foam glass is used as thermal insulating material in building and chemical industry. The large volume of gas (porosity 90 – 95%) is the main reason of the low thermal conductivity of the foam glass. If gases with lower thermal conductivity compared to air are entrapped in the glass melt, the derived foam glass will contain only closed pores and its overall thermal conductivity will be much lower than that of the foam glass with open pores. In this work we have prepared foam glass using different types of recycled glasses and different kinds of foaming agents. This enabled the formation of foam glasses having gas cells with different gas compositions. The foam glasses were characterised concerning densities, open/closed porosity and crystallinity. We find out, through analytical calculations and experiments, how the thermal conductivity of foam glass depends on density, glass composition and gas composition. Certain glass types could have a significant advantage for getting low thermal conductivity when recycled for thermal insulation applications. The impact of crystallisation on the thermal conductivity of foam glasses is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date26 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2014
Event1st Joint Meeting of DGG – ACerS GOMD - Aachen, Germany
Duration: 25 May 201430 May 2014


Conference1st Joint Meeting of DGG – ACerS GOMD



  • Foam glass
  • Thermal conductivity
  • CRT panel glass

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Petersen, R. R., König, J., & Yue, Y. (2014). Thermal Conductivity of Foam Glass. Poster presented at 1st Joint Meeting of DGG – ACerS GOMD, Aachen, Germany.