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Investigation into the potential of rubberised concrete products

KEW, Hsein Yang and Etebar, K. and Limbachiya, M.C. and Kenny, Michael (2009) Investigation into the potential of rubberised concrete products. In: Excellence in concrete construction through innovation. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, London, pp. 533-543. ISBN 9780415475921

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Abstract

Currently, the implementation of research in rubberised concrete has been poor with few examples of successful use in industry or product development. However, the recycling of waste tyres in civil engineering applications is currently very low, so that the demand for viable new products remains pressing. Rubberised concrete exhibits lower workability and substantially reduced compressive strength in which these characteristics have greatly inhibited the development of viable rubberised concrete products. The approach adopted in this study is to accept the inherent low strength and workability properties of rubberised concrete and develop viable low strength applications such as concrete blocks with have beneficial characteristics and good economic viability. This study seeks to take advantage of the low thermal conductivity of rubber to develop thermally efficient rubberised concrete products which can be used in dwelling construction. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is an important part of the UK Government’s drive to conserve energy and reduce national CO2 emissions.