Materiales de Construcción, Vol 70, No 337 (2020)

Evaluation of the physical-mechanical properties of cement-lime based masonry mortars produced with mixed recycled aggregates

R. L.S. Ferreira
Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Civil Engineering Department, Brazil

M. A.S. Anjos
Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Paraiba, Civil Construction Department, Brazil

E. F. Ledesma
Área de Mecánica de Medios Continuos y Teoría de Estructuras, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain

J. E.S. Pereira
University of Rio Grande do Norte, Chemical Engineering Department, Brazil

A. K.C. Nóbrega
Federal University of the Semi-arid, Engineering of Department, Brazil


This study investigated the physical-mechanical effects of cement-lime mortars containing recycled aggregate of construction and demolition waste (CDW). The natural aggregate (NA) was replaced by volume at 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% by mixed recycled aggregate (MRA) obtained from the CDW crushing. Five types of mortars were prepared with a volumetric ratio of 1:1:6 (cement, lime and aggregate) and water/binder ratio based on the fixed consistency of 260 mm. The effects of MRA on fresh and hardened mortars’ properties were analyzed. The results were analyzed using a one-way ANOVA. MRA incorporation improved most of the physical-mechanical properties of mortars tested, except for hardened bulk density, water absorption and porosity. In the long-run, mechanical strengths significantly increased in all compositions, especially those with higher percentages of MRA. The results obtained showed that the use of MRA in masonry mortars is an alternative to reduce the generation of waste and consumption of natural resources.


Mortar; Mechanical properties; Physical properties; Compressive strength; Waste treatment

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