New Views on Effect of Recycled Aggregates on Concrete Compressive Strength

Vivian A. Ulloa, E. Garcia-Taengua, M.J. Pelufo, A. Domingo, P Serna

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    This paper presents an in-depth study on the effect that composition and properties of recycled coarse aggregates from previous concrete structures, together with water/cement ratio (w/c) and a replacement ratio of coarse aggregate, have on compressive strength, its evolution through time, and its variability. A rigorous approach through statistical inference based on multiple linear regression has identified the key factors. A predictive equation is given for compressive strength when recycled coarse aggregates are used. The w/c and replacement ratio are the capital factors affecting concrete compressive strength. Their effect is significantly modified by the properties and composition of the recycled aggregates used. An equation that accurately predicts concrete compressive strength in terms of these parameters is presented. Particular attention has been paid to the complex effect that old concrete and adhered mortar have on concrete compressive strength and its mid-term evolution. It has been confirmed that the presence of contaminants tends to increase variability of compressive strength values.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)687-696
    Number of pages10
    JournalACI Materials Journal
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Building and Construction
    • Materials Science(all)
    • Civil and Structural Engineering

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