This paper presents and discusses some preliminary tests of the addition of rubber to cement-based materials. It first reviews some of the materials used and results obtained by various other investigators, especially with respect to control cement concrete mixes, the density of concrete, and the compressive strength of concrete. Cement paste, mortar and concrete mixes with various proportions were prepared. Two types of rubber, obtained from the shredding of lorry tyres, were added, without further processing. Tests were conducted mainly to determine the densities and compressive strengths of the various resulting mixes. It was found that the addition of rubber to cement-based materials is straightforward, and results in reduced densities and compressive strengths. By varying the proportions of the materials, new concrete mixes can be tailored to suit different applications. Some additional exploratory tests were performed, for example, on impact resistance and fire resistance. More research is needed to fulfil the potential of the new materials, and study the influence of various parameters on the properties of concrete.

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  • Authors:
    • Fattuhi, N I
    • CLARK, L A
  • Publication Date: 1996


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  • Accession Number: 00729166
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM