Better, lighter and more sustainable bricks made from highest quality clay are the result of a three-year collaboration between Brickworks and QUT, funded by an Advance Queensland Fellowship program.
Lead researcher, Associate Professor Yunfei Xi from QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty, brought his raw materials expertise to help achieve record factory performance in efficient, sustainable manufacturing of highest quality clay bricks.
Key outcomes resulting from the three-year collaboration include:
- supporting the development of a new ‘white’ clay brick range which is a unique product for Australian builders and architects
- better manufacturing processes allowing a unique premium size format brick
- improved raw materials and ceramic coatings preventing two million bricks from being wasted annually and greater energy efficiency at the Rochedale factory
- lighter bricks due to high performance material mixes.
Former National Quality and Innovation Manager for Brickworks Ltd, Lloyd Gainey, said the initiative had been a standout in demonstrating the value that can be achieved in a university collaboration.
“I consider this project to have delivered a great deal of value to Brickworks and that it will continue to deliver benefits to our organisation and the brick manufacturing industry in Queensland for many years to come.”
This research is aligned with QUT’s Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices.