Influence of using two types of recycled aggregates on shear behavior of concrete beams

This paper investigates experimentally and theoretically the shear behavior of thirteen reinforced concrete (RC) beams made of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) and Recycled Coarse Aggregate (RCA). The span length of the beams was 2240 mm, and the width and depth of the beams were 200 and 400 mm, respectively. Three groups of beams were used in this study: The first group was five beams made of RAP and natural aggregate (NA), where the NA was substituted by RAP with replacement levels of 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, and 100% by the total weight of NA. The second group was four beams made entirely of RAP and RCA. The third group was four RC beams made of RCA and NA, where NA was replaced by RCA with replacement levels of 20%, 40%, 60%, and 80%. The beams were tested under four-point loading setup. The maximum shear forces, deflections, and cracking patterns were studied. The experimental results were compared with theoretical results determined from the equations of selected international codes and fracture mechanics approaches available in the literature. The results showed that the experimental shear capacity increased as the RAP and RCA replacement levels decreased for the beams in group one and three, and decreased for group two beams when the RCA replacement levels increased. The theoretical shear strength capacities were more conservative when compared to the experimental results. Therefore, the theoretical shear equations can be applicable to the beams constructed with recycled aggregates. In general, using RAP and RCA in RC beams can be considered as an effective approach.


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  • Accession Number: 01767220
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 2021 6:17PM