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Recycled Ceramics in Sustainable Concrete

 Recycled Ceramics in Sustainable Concrete

Recycled Ceramics in Sustainable Concrete


Recycled Ceramics in Sustainable Concrete: Properties and Performance is comprised of 12 chapters. Each chapter discusses one of the applications of ceramic waste in the concrete industry. Recycling of ceramic waste materials, found in abundance, not only prevents deleterious environmental hazards, but can actually produce wealth by adding value through ecology.
The first chapter deals with the landfill problems of ceramic waste and the environmental impact. The environmental problems of cement, concrete durability problems, and energy problems in the cement industry are presented in this chapter. Meanwhile, the benefit of utilizing pozzolanic materials on strength development and durability performance are discussed. The preparation stages of ceramic waste as fine and coarse aggregate and powder are presented in Chapter 2. The characteristics of ceramic waste as aggregate material are discussed including sieve analysis, shape, abrasion, and water absorption.

The chemical composition and physical properties of wastes ceramic powder are presented in this chapter. Tests to determine the mineral properties, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and derivative thermogravimetric analysis (DTG), are discussed. In the remaining chapters (3–12), the applications of ceramic waste as natural aggregate or cement replacement in normal or geopolymer concrete are discussed. Ceramic waste is used in normal concrete to reduce environmental problems, save energy, improve the strength and durability performance of the cement, and reduce the demand of natural resources. Ceramic waste is also used to produce self compacting concrete by replacing the slag in geopolymer concrete industry. The performance of ceramic waste in aggressive environments, such as sulphuric acid, sulphate, and elevated temperatures, are discussed. Finally, using ceramic waste as repair materials and in structural applications is covered.
The versatility of this book, compared to others, lies in its timely compilation about the most significant development of the 20th century (i.e. concrete from waste materials). The authors believe no such book currently exists which compiles information about an extensive variety of wastes that could be used in the concrete
industry to generate low-cost, environmentally friendly materials. Moreover, a few chapters reveal a combination of these wastes, new approaches to old materials, and unique demands related to waste materials. The availability of the book to engineers, technologists, researchers, contractors, consulting firms, and government agencies dealing with construction, the environment, the general public, etc., is very crucial.

Effective utilization of ceramic waste materials in the concrete and construction industries, whose growth seems unlimited, and mounting evidence of worldwide interest suffice the need to produce a collective anthology of a wide variety of ceramic waste materials available today.

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