Silica-Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Aerogels Nanostructure Modelling
Lebedev, Igor V.
Khudeev, Illarion I.
Kolnoochenko, Andrey V.
Tyrtyshnikov, Andrey Y.
Ivanov, Svyatoslav I.
Menshutina, Natalia V.
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Lebedev I.V., Khudeev I.I., Kolnoochenko A.V., Tyrtyshnikov A.Y., Ivanov S.I., Menshutina N.V., 2018, Silica-Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Aerogels Nanostructure Modelling , Chemical Engineering Transactions, 70, 1765-1770.
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The work is devoted to the study and modelling of the internal nanostructure of silica-resorcinol-formaldehyde aerogels. These aerogels are highly porous (up to 98 %) functional materials with a high specific surface area, low thermal conductivity, and good sound insulation. This material is of interest for use in thermal insulation, gas sorption, and also as a soundproof material. In addition, silica-resorcinol-formaldehyde aerogels are a material for further pyrolysis to obtain silica-carbon aerogels. Several aerogel samples experimental data were analysed. The experimental data includes amount of solvent, silica to resorcinol-formaldehyde ratio, pore size distribution, density, and specific surface area. The size and volume of different pores and specific surface area vary depending on the gelation conditions of the samples. This fact indicates the gelation conditions have a significant effect on the final aerogel structure. However, the input parameters of the model are the pore size distribution and sample density. Analysis and comparison of two methods for the generation of porous structures of silica-resorcinol-formaldehyde aerogels including Diffusion-Limited Cluster Aggregation (DLCA) and Reaction-Limited Cluster Aggregation (RLCA) are carried out and the advantages of these two methods are shown in this paper.
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