Effects of Adhered Mortar Content on Quality of Recycled Coarse Aggregate of Concrete
Although the adhered mortar content affects the properties of recycled aggregate concrete, there are few papers describing those effects. This paper presents the results of a series of experimental study on the effects of adhered mortar content on the quality of recycled coarse aggregate of concrete. 5 kinds recycled coarse aggregates made with heating and rubbing method, mechanical crashing method and separating lightweight particle with water stream method were tested for specific gravity, absorption and adhered mortar content. Specific gravity in oven-dried condition ranged from 2.35g/cm3 to 2.59 g/cm3, absorption ranged from 1.58% to 5.83% and adhered mortar content ranged from 8.0% to 68.4%, depending on manufacturing method of recycled aggregate. Absorption decreased linearly with the increase of specific gravity. Specific gravity decreased and absorption increased with the increase of adhered mortar content. Recycled aggregate made by heating and rubbing method showed lower adhered mortar content corresponding to lower absorption and higher specific gravity, while those made by mechanical crushing method showed higher adhered mortar content corresponding to higher absorption and lower specific gravity. In conclusion, the upper limit of adhered mortar content of recycled coarse aggregate is considered to be 15%, in order to keep up the quality of coarse aggregate and properties equal to natural coarse aggregate.
Jianmin Zeng, Taosen Li, Shaojian Ma, Zhengyi Jiang and Daoguo Yang
H. Z. Quan "Effects of Adhered Mortar Content on Quality of Recycled Coarse Aggregate of Concrete", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 194-196, pp. 1059-1062, 2011