Application of Intensification Approaches on Recycled Aggregate
The wasted cement mortar and internal cracks induced by the secondary breaking process existing on/in recycled aggregates lead to significant reductions in the apparent density, strength and durability of recycled aggregate concrete compared to those of natural aggregate concrete. In this study, recycled aggregate intensification approaches was proposed by removing the old cement mortar from recycled aggregate surface through mechanical agitation, and immersing the recycled aggregate in chemical solutions. A series of laboratory experiments were carried out to validate that the proposed approach could improve various performances of the recycled aggregate, as well as the concrete made of it. The testing results showed that through the combination treatment or modification of mechanical and chemical intensification, both of the compressive and flexural strength of the recycled aggregate concrete could be increased to some extent.
Xianyan Zhou, Guojing He, Yunlei Fan, Yan Xiao, Sashi K. Kunnath and Giorgio Monti
J. Yin et al., "Application of Intensification Approaches on Recycled Aggregate", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 639-640, pp. 372-376, 2013