Materiales de Construcción, Vol 61, No 302 (2011)

A comparative study of recycled aggregates from concrete and mixed debris as material for unbound road sub-base


https://doi.org/10.3989/mc.2010.54009

J. R. Jiménez
Universidad de Córdoba. Área de Ingeniería de la Construcción, Spain

F. Agrela
Universidad de Córdoba. Área de Ingeniería de la Construcción, Spain

J. Ayuso
Universidad de Córdoba. Área de Ingeniería de la Construcción, Spain

M. López
Universidad de Córdoba. Área de Ingeniería de la Construcción, Spain

Abstract


Seven different types of recycled aggregates from construction and demolition waste (CDW) have been evaluated as granular materials for unbound road sub-bases construction. The results showed that recycled concrete aggregates complied with all specifications for using in the construction of unbound structural layers (sub-base) for T3 and T4 traffic categories according to the Spanish General Technical Specification for Road Construction (PG-3). Some mixed recycled aggregates fell short of some specifications due to a high content of sulphur compounds and poor fragmentation resistance. Sieving off the fine fraction prior to crushing the mixed CDW reduce the total sulphur content and improve the quality of the mixed recycled aggregates, by contrast, pre-sieving concrete CDW had no effect on the quality of the resulting aggregates. The results were compared with a crushed limestone as natural aggregate.

Keywords


Construction; Demolition; Recycled aggregate; Waste; Sub-base

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