BEHAVIOR OF RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATE IMPROVED WITH LIME ADDITION DURING CYCLIC LOADING
International Journal of GEOMATE
In this paper, study on the use of reclaimed waste in Recycled Concrete Aggregate (RCA) was conducted. Reclaimed concrete problem has increased over the past decade, due to the replacement of the old concrete parts, such as rail substructures or pavement curb. The main idea of this article was the introduction of recycled materials to pavement engineering, which in Poland were usually deposited on waste landfills. Geotechnical study was undertaken to obtain physical and mechanical properties of
... RCA. For better understanding of its exceptional behavior under repeated loading, cyclic triaxial test was conducted in various stages of loading. For the purpose of bearing capacity analysis, uniaxial tests were made. Moreover, RCA improvement of mechanical properties was proposed. Chemical stabilization with lime and gypsum was undertaken in order to ameliorate mechanical characteristics. While the mechanical stabilization is a cause of aggregates crushing, created fine fraction could be a stabilizing medium. Stabilization process in this study demonstrates existence of free pozzolanic compound in crushed concrete. Determination of resilient modulus M r from repeated loading test for non-stabilized and stabilized material was also presented for non-stabilized and stabilized RCA M r value was 543.2MPa and 816.5MPa respectively. In this article, plastic strains occurrence was also analyzed. As a brittle material, RCA can response to cyclic loading by crushing. Repeated excitations can cause another mechanism of plastic strains development, not present in natural aggregates, where main causes of plastic strains are frictional forces occurring during contact between particles.