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Matilda Nsunyameye Koa

Hometown: Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana | Graduation Date: Spring 2020
Mechanical engineering

Develop Polymer Composite from Silica Aerogel for Heat Insulation

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Research Theme: Energy
KEEN: Spring 2020

Many homes use heaters and air conditioners depending on the time of the year therefore there is a need for some insulation to maintain the temperature within the homes. The objective of this research was to develop a polymer composite from silica aerogel to be used as heat insulators. The goal was to investigate the properties of silica aerogel and how mixing at different ratios with a polymer will affect the thermal properties of the polymer composite. A thermal conductivity test was performed on the composite formed. Future research will focus on improving the heat insulation of the polymer composite developed. 

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Silica Aerogel as Fireproofing Material for Transformer Firewall

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Research Theme: Energy
FURI: Fall 2019

Transformer fire is an alarming occurrence that hits an electric utility. It is a threat to human life on-site and outside a power plant. The aim of this research is to develop a fireproofing material that is light, cost-effective, has good thermal insulation and is fire resistant from silica aerogel to replace the current cementitious fireproofing material used in transformer firewalls. The composite formed will be tested and compared with the ASTM E119 test (Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials). Future work could be improving on the silica aerogel composite to serve as fireproofing material for every structure.

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