Use of fine grained waste materials in highway construction - a review

The amount and type of waste generated increases with increase in population. These wastes remain in the environment for longer duration since it is unused. The waste disposal crisis arose due to the creation of non-decaying waste materials. One solution to this crisis lies in recycling waste into useful products. Research into new and innovative uses of waste materials is continually advancing. Many highway agencies, private organizations, and individuals have completed or are in the process of completing a wide variety of studies and research projects concerning the feasibility, environmental sustainability, and performance of using waste products in highway construction. This study synthesizes the information on the use of waste materials in highway construction. The information was obtained from a comprehensive literature review of published literature supplemented by published technical papers, presentations of research updates by professionals at different forums, and personal investigations. The paper mainly focuses on the use of the industrial and agricultural waste material in highway construction and discusses the applications of selected waste materials, including: fly ash, rice husk ash, bagasse ash and rice straw ash. An evaluation based on the technical, environmental, and economic factors indicated that these waste materials have significant potential to replace conventional materials for various applications in highway construction and should be projected for future construction. Hence, this comprehensive review paper would immensely help field engineers and researchers to get to know efficacy potential use of various industrial and agricultural wastes with respect to other popular pozzolana materials.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission of the publisher.
  • Authors:
    • Kumar, Praveen
    • Ransinchung, G D
    • Anupam, Aditya Kumar
  • Publication Date: 2014-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 67-76
  • Serial:
    • Indian Highways
    • Volume: 42
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: Indian Roads Congress
    • ISSN: 0376-7256

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01533022
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2014 9:41AM