Effect of compression casting technique on the water absorption properties of concrete made using 100% recycled aggregates
Keywords:Concrete; recycled aggregates; casting technique; sorptivity; durability
Effect of compression casting technique on the water absorption characteristics of low grade 100% Recycled Aggregate Concrete (RAC) of target strength range 11 to 15 MPa to be used in the manufacturing of masonry units is investigated. Water absorption characteristics were determined by performing sorptivity test. Recycled aggregates were produced by crushing laboratory-tested concrete samples of strength ranging from 21 MPa to 28 MPa. Two different ratios of recycled coarse aggregate and recycled fine aggregates were investigated using two different cement contents. For comparison, natural aggregate concrete mixes were also tested. The study parameter included effect of aggregates type, casting pressure, casting technique and cement content on the water absorption properties of RAC. Further, depth of penetration of salt was observed using silver nitrate solution after 3-month immersion in 10% NaCl solution. The results of sorptivity test showed positive impact of compression casting technique on water absorption properties of low grade 100% RAC. Further, results showed that RAC mixes exhibited inferior water absorption properties compared to natural aggregates concrete mixes. Various equations were proposed to predict water absorption of 100% RAC under different conditions of casting pressure and cement content based on initial and secondary rate of water absorption.
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