Recycled Polymer Materials as Aggregates for Concrete and Blocks

Authors

  • Md Mostafizur Rahman Department of Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet
  • Md Akhtarul Islam Department of Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet
  • Mainuddin Ahmed Housing and Building Research Institute, Darus-salam Road, Mirpur, Dhaka
  • Md Abdus Salam Housing and Building Research Institute, Darus-salam Road, Mirpur, Dhaka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jce.v27i1.15859

Keywords:

Waste Polymer, recycling, concrete, masonry poly block, porosity

Abstract

The potential of recycled waste polymeric materials as a substitute for aggregates in concrete has been investigated in the study. Two different types of waste polymer, namely polyurethane formaldehyde (PUF) based packaging waste and high density polyethylene (HDPE) were recycled and used in the experiment. Concrete and masonry poly block specimens were prepared using recycled polymer materials, and test specimens were characterized. The effects of waste polymer materials on the mechanical, physical and morphological properties of concrete and poly blocks have been investigated. The result shows that the inclusion of waste polymer materials decreases density, porosity and water absorption of concrete and poly blocks significantly. Polyurethane formaldehyde (PUF) based block exhibited lower density than that of HDPE-based concrete. Due to exceptionally low density, recycled polymer modified blocks and concrete can be used in non-load bearing structures, floating structures and where light weight materials recommended.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/jce.v27i1.15859

Journal of Chemical Engineering, IEB Vol. ChE. 27, No. 1, June 2012: 53-57

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Published

2013-07-27

How to Cite

Rahman, M. M., Islam, M. A., Ahmed, M., & Salam, M. A. (2013). Recycled Polymer Materials as Aggregates for Concrete and Blocks. Journal of Chemical Engineering, 27(1), 53–57. https://doi.org/10.3329/jce.v27i1.15859

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