A Green Way of Producing High Strength Concrete Utilizing Recycled Concrete

Mostafa Shaaban, Walid Fouad Edris, Essam Odah, Mohamed Salah Ezz, Abd Al-Kader A. Al-Sayed


Multiple studies have investigated the influence of recycled aggregates derived from concrete waste on the efficacy of structural concrete manufactured in recent times. By utilizing recycled aggregates obtained from construction and demolition debris, it is possible to safeguard natural aggregate resources, reduce the demand for landfill space, and promote the utilization of sustainable building materials. However, compared to natural aggregate, bonded cement mortar on recycled concrete aggregate exhibits higher porosity, greater water absorption capacity, and lower strength. The mechanical and durability characteristics of freshly poured and hardened concrete made from recycled concrete aggregate are adversely affected as a result. This study presents comprehensive experimental research aimed at examining the residual mechanical properties and resistance to acid attack of normal and high-strength mixes of recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) using the compressible packing model. Recycled aggregate was employed as both coarse and fine aggregate. The recycled concrete samples were prepared in a manner that corresponded to the proportions of both the coarse and fine aggregates. Twelve mixtures were designed and cast, and their performance was evaluated based on various strength parameters (compressive strength, splitting tensile strength, and flexural strength) as well as acid attack resistance properties (porosity and ultrasonic pulse velocity). The findings indicate that recycled concrete aggregate can be utilized in the production of high-strength concrete, with mechanical property values that are significantly acceptable compared to concrete containing natural aggregates. Moreover, the addition of Silica Fume as a cement replacement in concrete plays a crucial role in enhancing sulphate resistance. In terms of concrete product utilization, recycled concrete and its significance in this study played a crucial role in environmental preservation.


Doi: 10.28991/CEJ-2023-09-10-08

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Recycled Aggregate RA; High Strength Concrete; Mechanical Properties; Durability; Sulphate Attack; UPV.


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