Experimental investigation on mechanical characteristics and environmental effects on rubber concrete

Morteza Khorami, Abolhassan Vafai, A. Aminkhalili, Chandrakant S. Desai, M. Majedi

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The feasibility of the use of scrap tire rubber in concrete was investigated. The tests conducted in two groups: replacing of coarse aggregates with crumb rubber and cement particles with rubber powder. To distinguish the properties of new concrete, the following mechanical and durability tests were designed: compressive, tensile and flexural strength, permeability and water absorption. Rubber addition could affect the concrete properties depend on the type and percentage of the rubber added. Although the rubber addition modifies the mechanical characteristics of concrete in a way, but higher rubber content could not be useful. Concrete durability showed more dependency to the type of rubber instead of percentage of rubber. Moreover, to optimize the mechanical and durability of rubberized concrete, the useful percentage of rubber has been recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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