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Laboratory evaluation of acid leaching conditions to purify gypsum from refurbishment plasterboard waste

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posted on 2022-10-10, 08:00 authored by Miguel Castro-DiazMiguel Castro-Diaz, Mohamed OsmaniMohamed Osmani, Sergio Pialarissi-CavalaroSergio Pialarissi-Cavalaro, Paul Needham, Jeremy Thompson, Bill Parker, Tatiana Lovato

This work presents results related to a novel recycling process for gypsum from refurbishment plasterboard waste developed within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research project ICEBERG. One of the main challenges in recycling gypsum from refurbishment plasterboard waste for the production of new plasterboards comes from the difficulty to achieve consistent chemical purity levels > 92 wt% via current physical treatment technologies. The main objective of this work is to evaluate different acid leaching conditions to maximise the acid leaching process efficiency. The impact of gypsum particle size, gypsum/solution ratio, heating rate, stirring rate and gypsum slurry volume on the chemical purity of recycled gypsum was determined. Gypsum particles sizes < 250 µm, slow heating rate of 4 °C/min and stirring rates of 150 rpm produced recycled gypsum with the highest purity. This work has identified for the first time the optimum laboratory-scale acid leaching conditions to produce high purity recycled gypsum from refurbishment plasterboard waste. 


Innovative Circular Economy Based solutions demonstrating the Efficient recovery of valuable material Resources from the Generation of representative End-of-Life building materials

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


III International Congress of Biorefineries and Renewable Energies Supported in ICT (BERSTIC - 2022)


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Colombia, South America

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18th April 2022 - 29th April 2022


Dr Miguel Castro Diaz. Deposit date: 7 October 2022

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