Multiple recycled aggregate properties analysed by X-ray microtomography

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Construction and Building Materials

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Morteros y hormigones


Multiple recycled aggregate properties analysed by X-ray microtomography

Thomas C. | de Brito J. | Gil V. | Sainz-Aja J.A. | Cimentada A. |


This paper presents a novel technique used to analyse the volume of adhered mortar to the recycled aggregate. A computerized microtomograph (?CT) device was used to evaluate the volume of the aggregate, the volume of natural aggregate and the volume of adhered mortar. To this end, a natural aggregate has been characterized, using the ?CT, with which a source concrete has been produced. Subsequently, the source concrete has been crushed to obtain a first cycle recycled aggregate. After the characterization of the first-generation of recycled aggregate, a new source concrete has been made with it to be subsequently crushed again obtaining a second-generation recycled aggregates. In the same way a third-generation recycled aggregate has been obtained and has been equally characterized. The results show that the compaction capacity of the aggregate is reduced after successive recycling. It has been possible to quantify how much the closed porosity of the recycled aggregate decreases with the number of times it is recycled. The loss of natural aggregate and increase of the volume of adhered mortar have also been evaluated using this technique. © 2018 Elsevier Ltd

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