An Introduction to Recycled Aggregate Concrete- Production and Applications

Piyush Sharma


To obtain good quality concrete using recycled aggregate it is necessary to follow the minimum requirements defined by the respective Building Standards. Acceptable properties of aggregates are an elemental base for concrete quality; however adequate mix proportions and concrete production methods are highly important in concrete quality too. Recycled aggregates composed of original aggregates and adhered mortar. The physical properties of recycled aggregates depend on both adhered mortar quality and the amount of adhered mortar. The adhered mortar is a porous material; its porosity depends upon the w/c ratio of the recycled concrete employed. When structures made of concrete are demolished or renovated, concrete recycling is an increasingly common method of utilizing the rubble. Concrete was once routinely trucked to landfills for disposal, but recycling has a number of benefits that have made it a more attractive option in this age of greater environmental awareness and the desire to keep construction costs down.

Keywords: concrete recycling; crushing process; recycled aggregate; sustainable concrete; durability; benefits and uses

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