Properties of recycled aggregate concrete made with recycled aggregates with different amounts of old adhered mortars

Zhen Hua Duan, Chi Sun Poon

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This paper presents the experimental results of a study on comparing the difference in properties of recycled aggregates (RAs) with varying amounts of old adhered mortar obtained from different sources and evaluating the influence of the different RAs on the mechanical and durability properties of recycled aggregate concrete (RAC). Four concrete mixes (one with natural aggregate and three others with recycled aggregates) with 28 day target compressive strength varying from 30 MPa to 80 MPa are designed by using each RA to fully replace NA. The properties of RAC are also modeled by using the artificial neural networks (ANN) method.The experimental results show that the performance of RAs from different sources varied greatly and RA of good quality can be used to produce high strength concrete with hardened properties comparable to those of the corresponding natural aggregate concrete (NAC). The comparison of the predicted results based on the ANN models and the experimental values indicated that the ANN method could be used to evaluate the properties of RAC made with RAs derived from different sources. This will facilitate the wider application of RA in concrete.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-29
Number of pages11
JournalMaterials and Design
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Artificial neural networks
  • Durability
  • Mechanical properties
  • Recycled aggregate
  • Recycled aggregate concrete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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