Mechanical characterization of Portland cement mortars containing petroleum or coal tar


  • J. S. Alcaide Universidad de Alicante (Alicante)
  • E. G. Alcocel Universidad de Alicante (Alicante)
  • E. Vilaplana Universidad de Alicante (Alicante)
  • D. Cazorla Universidad de Alicante (Alicante)
  • P. Garcés Universidad de Alicante (Alicante)



blended cements, mortar, mechanical properties, characterization, substitution


This article discusses experimental data on the flexural and compressive strength of Portland cement mortars containing additions or cement replacements consisting in petroleum or coal tar, by-products of the oil and coal industries. The materials studied were two coal (BACA and BACB) and two petroleum (BPP and BPT) tars. The results show that it is feasible to use such materials as a partial replacement for cement in mortar manufacture. This should lead to the design of a new sustainable product that will contribute to lowering the environmental impact of construction materials while at the same time opening up an avenue for the re-use of this type of industrial by-products.


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How to Cite

Alcaide, J. S., Alcocel, E. G., Vilaplana, E., Cazorla, D., & Garcés, P. (2007). Mechanical characterization of Portland cement mortars containing petroleum or coal tar. Materiales De Construcción, 57(287), 53–62.



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