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Effect of non-biodegradable waste materials on the strength performance of concrete

Ajibola Ibrahim Quadri, Lekan Makanju Olanitori, Abdulhakeem Sadiq

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Akure. P.M.B 704, Nigeria.



Concrete strength;

Waste glass;

Waste PET;


Water absorption;

Waste reuse

Waste usage in the construction industry has reduced global environmental pollution. Reusing waste materials as substitutes for cement in concrete constituents and other construction materials can lower cement and concrete manufacturing costs, solid waste, and landfill space. Engineers are still unsure as to what extent waste can be repurposed to produce optimal strength for the production of concrete. Reutilization of waste materials has been employed in this paper by adopting 3.5%, 7%, and 10% of six wastes (plastic bags, rubber tires, cement sack strands, can waste, PET bottles, and waste from glass) as substitutes for aggregate in concrete production. At 10% replacement, the cement sack strand absorbed more water than other waste materials and about 5.8% less than the control specimen. Despite the fact that glass waste has a low water absorption rate, there was no discernible increase in strength after 28 days due to brittle damage under loading. At 10% and 7% partial replacement, can waste had about 9% and 12.5% higher compressive and tensile strengths than the control specimen. As a result, it is proposed that using wastes that may enhance concrete properties will lower the need for normal coarse and fine aggregates, enabling natural resource conservation.

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20/04/2024 Collaboration for HSTD-2024Editorial Board of our journal and Organizing Committee of the III. International Conference on High-Speed Transport Development (HSTD) have agreed to collaborate. Extended versions of the selected papers from the conference will be published in our journal. For more see Events.

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2023 Reviewer Awards:

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2023 Best Paper Award:

The paper authored by Ferzan Fidan, Naim Aslan, Mümin Mehmet Koç entitled as “Morpho-structural and compressive mechanical properties of graphene oxide reinforced hydroxyapatite scaffolds for bone tissue applications” is awarded.

2023 Most Cited Paper Award:

The paper authored by Ercan Işık, Ehsan Harirchian, Hüseyin Bilgin, Kirti Jadhav entitled as “The effect of material strength and discontinuity in RC structures according to different site-specific design spectra" is awarded.


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