Interlocking Pavement Tiles using RCA with Industrial Waste as Admixtures
The unprecedented increase in construction and developmental activities in the current era brings with it many irreversible impacts on the environment. The major impacts being the depletion of natural resources and generation of an enormous quantity of Construction and Demolition (C&D) wastes. Hence it has become important to reuse and recycle C & D wastes generated. These wastes can be processed to obtain Recycled Concrete Aggregates (RCA), which can be used for producing recycled concrete. It was found that the strength of Recycled concrete matches with that of paver quality concrete. Therefore, the study aims at producing interlocking paver blocks by replacing the normal coarse aggregates in pavers by RCA along with fly ash as admixture, an industrial waste. Fly ash being a pozzolanic admixture is used in order to overcome the loss of strength due to the addition of RCA. In the present study, a 30% replacement of normal aggregates with RCA and 15% replacement of cement with fly ash in the mix was used as it was found to provide the optimum strength. A comparison of the important properties of paver blocks were conducted between normal concrete pavers, pavers with RCA replacement and pavers with RCA replacement and fly ash. It was found out from the study that Interlocking pavers with partial replacement of normal aggregates with RCA and fly ash obtained strength comparable to that of normal paver blocks. Hence these paver blocks can be used for laying of roads and can contribute towards a sustainable development.
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