Scientific Research

There have been several papers published reporting the research done on Ferrock by our scientific advisors, Drs. Narayanan Neithalath and Sumanta Das. Here are two that are most relevant to the practical applications of this material for construction.

Flexural fracture response of a novel iron carbonate matrix – Glass fiber composite and its comparison to Portland cement-based composites. Construction and Building Materials [journal], June, 2015

This paper studies several comparisons between Ferrock, called more technically "iron carbonate binder," and ordinary Portland cement (OPC) that show that Ferrock is superior in several important ways including greater flexural strength, toughness, and crack resistance. These results revealed Ferrock's potential as a green building material. 

Temperature-induced phase and microstructural transformations in a synthesized iron carbonate (siderite) complex. Materials and Design [journal], December, 2015.

This paper reports in great detail what happens when Ferrock is subjected to high temperature like that attained by some intense building fires (1,500 F / 800 C). At that temperature Portland cement breaks back down into a loose powder but Ferrock actually starts gaining strength due to secondary mineralization reactions that form iron silicate and magnetite. This means that Ferrock might be better for certain applications where longer resistance to heat and fire are important in buildings like the lining of escape stair wells. 

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