Concretes with synthetic aggregates for sustainability

Tekin I., Durgun M. Y., Gencel O., Bilir T., BROSTOW W., LOBLAND H. E. H.

CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, vol.133, pp.425-432, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


We have used waste marble aggregates, marble dust and fly ash from thermic power plants as fillers in concretes for replacing natural aggregates. We have used two different kinds of cements. After curing, we have determined the workability (by slump tests), air content, unit weight, Schmidt hardness, ultrasound pulse velocity, compressive strength and carbonation depth. The concretes containing waste marble at least match or exceed the workability and strength of the control concrete type. Fly ash significantly improves the workability. Utilizing waste marble aggregate at the replacement ratio of 100% along with waste marble dust, fly ash and pozzolanic cements in concrete leads to ldwer cost - achieving at the same time environmentally friendly production process with decreased consumption of natural resources and energy. Our work also contributes to enhancement of sustainability by finding a use for marble waste and fly ash. (C) 2016 Published by Elsevier Ltd.