Sustainable Use of Crushed Concrete Waste as A Road Base Material
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Crushed concrete waste is a by-product from building demolition and constitutes a principal component of municipal solid waste consisting of concrete, sand, brick, rock, metals and timber. Over 50% of this waste is commonly sent to land-filled sites, resulting in the impact on the limited capacity of land-filled sites. Nowadays, the sources of virgin natural aggregates aredepleted by increases in demand of using a virgin material in building and infrastructure, construction and maintenance facilities. This depletion leads to the utilisation of crushed concrete waste to replace natural aggregates in road and highway construction. Of key significance of this study is to present alternative materials for road and highway construction on the production of the proper guideline for road base by using crushed concrete waste.Sophisticated tests were conducted to investigate the mechanical responses of compacted crushed concrete subjected to applied loads simulated from traffic loads. Unconfined compressive strength, shear strength parameters and the resilient modulus of such material were determined. Our findings showed that crushed concrete waste is able to be utilised as a road base material. The results of this study will enhance increased use of crushed concrete waste in road and highway construction and will, therefore, alternatively reduce consumption and costs in manufacturing virgin aggregates.
Batmunkh, Narantuya and Siripun, K and Jitsangiam, Peerapong and Nikraz, Hamid. 2010. Sustainable Use of Crushed Concrete Waste as A Road Base Material,Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Sustainability Engineering and Science, Auckland, NZ, Nov 30 - Dec 3, 2010, Auckland, New Zealand:The New Zealand Society for Sustainability Engineering and Science (NZSSES), http://www.nzsses.auckland.ac.nz/conference/2010/papers/index.htm
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