Sustainability in construction works: Reuse of sludge from tunnel boring in lime mortars

D. Movilla-Quesada, Á. Vega-Zamanillo, D. Castro-Fresno, M.A. Calzada-Pérez, A.C. Raposeiras

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This study is based on reuse of sludge from tunnel boring for the manufacture of mortars with calcium hydroxide and their possible application in construction. Three samples have been tested with different percentages of sludge from tunnel boring obtaining high consistency. This percentage was used to produce two types of mortars, one with limestone-type aggregates and the other with siliceous-type material, which were then subjected to compression and flexural tests.

The analysis shows that the use of these sludge, with calcium hydroxide and siliceous-type aggregates, helps to improve the mortars’ properties and increase their flexural strength to values above 4 MPa, which could be reused as a coating for underground work and road construction as long as its complies with the standard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-406
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Clay Science
Early online date2 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Mortar
  • Sludge
  • Recycling
  • Underground work
  • Road construction


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