RECYCLED CONCRETE--A NEW AGGREGATE

Large urban centres in Canada and the United States are finding it increasingly difficult to locate and develop natural aggregate sources for use in concrete. The study reported herein was therefore undertaken to investigate the possibility of producing aggregates from discarded concrete control test cylinders, normally sent to waste dumps after testing. A series of 2.2-cu ft (0.062-cu m) concrete mixes were made covering the low, medium and high strength levels. Two sets of mixes were made at each strength level, one set consisted of a control mix and a mix made using coarse aggregate prepared from recycled concrete and reference fine aggregate; the second set consisted of a control mix and a mix using fine aggregate prepared from recycled concrete and a reference coarse aggregate. Cylinder and prism specimens were cast from each mix to determine mechanical properties of concretes at various ages and to study the durability of concrete after exposure to freeze-thaw cycling. The analyses of the test results have shown that satisfactory concrete can be made with aggregates prepared from recycled concrete. At lower water-cement ratios, strengths of the two types of concrete are comparable. The durability of concrete made with aggregates prepared from recycled concrete is comparable to the durability of concrete made with reference aggregates. /Author/

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    National Research Council of Canada

    1200 Montreal Road
    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1A 0R6
  • Authors:
    • Malhorta, V M
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

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  • Accession Number: 00179721
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 1978 12:00AM