Evaluation of recycled concrete by means of non destructive tests
Keywords:recycled aggregate, strength, rebound, ultrasonic pulse. Break-off, torsion
The use of recycled concrete as aggregate for the production of new concretes is a consequence of the shortage of natural resources and the environmental problems due to the storage of residual building materials. In this paper the following results are given: compressive strength, rebound numbers, ultrasonic pulse velocity Break-off pressure and torsional moment, all of them determined on concretes of different strength level elaborated with recycled coarse aggregate in 25% and 75% in respect of a reference concrete (without recycled aggregate). The Break-off and the torsion method present, at 28 days, only one correlation curve; this would allow to estimate the compressive strength using the correlations determined for the same group of materials. It is impossible to apply this procedure when using the ultrasonic method, since the velocity diminishes strongly as the percentage of recycled coarse aggregate increases. With respect to the rebound method, its high dispersion due to the heterogeneous aggregates makes it not advisable in order to perform a strength estimation.
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