Using microbial carbonate precipitation to improve the properties of recycled aggregate

Weilai Zeng, Yuxi Zhao, Chi Sun Poon, Zhangyao Feng, Zhenmei Lu, Surendra P. Shah

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This paper attempts to find an efficient precipitation method to modify recycled aggregates (RAs) with microbial carbonate precipitation and investigate the modification effect of RAs on the properties of the recycled aggregate concrete (RAC). Firstly, laboratory prepared concrete cubes were prepared as model RAs to compare the effectiveness of different precipitation methods, considering calcium-source addition methods and ways of rotation treatment. Based on the tested results, an efficient precipitation method was proposed. Secondly, the industrial sourced RAs were modified by the proposed precipitation method, and cast into concrete. The bio-modified RAC showed higher compressive strength because of the enhancement of the microhardness of the interfacial transition zones after modification.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116743
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2019


  • Microbial carbonate precipitation
  • Modification
  • Recycled aggregate
  • Recycled aggregate concrete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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