The assessment of ceramic and mixed recycled aggregates for high strength and low shrinkage concretes
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Very few studies on recycled aggregate concretes (RC) have been extended to the use of recycled ceramic and mixed aggregates in relation with high strength concretes. In the main they concentrate only on the analysis of the physical and mechanical properties. This study deals with the investigation of the influence that different percentages (up to 30% substitution for natural aggregates) of high porous ceramic and mixed recycled aggregates have over the plastic, autogenous and drying shrinkage of the concretes. The physical and mechanical properties as well as the chloride resistance were also determine in order to assess the viability of the use of ceramic and mixed recycled aggregates in high strength concretes. The results revealed that the employment of highly porous recycled aggregates reduced the plastic and autogenous shrinkage values of the concrete with respect to those obtained by conventional concrete (CC). Although the total drying shrinkage of the recycled concrete proved to be 25% higher than that of the CC concrete, the CC concrete had in fact a higher shrinkage value than that of the RCfrom7 to 150 days of drying. It can be concluded that the RC concrete produced employing up to 30% of fine ceramic aggregates (FCA, with 12% of absorption capacity) achieved the lowest shrinkage values and higher mechanical and chloride ion resistance. In addition, the concrete produced with low percentage (10–15%) of recycledmixed aggregates also had similar properties to conventional concrete.
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1617/s11527-018-1244-6
CitationEtxeberria, M., Gonzalez-Corominas, A. The assessment of ceramic and mixed recycled aggregates for high strength and low shrinkage concretes. "Materials and structures", Octubre 2018, vol. 51, núm. 5, p. 1-21.
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