The manufacturing technology of reinforced concrete with the use of steel fibers to improve its mechanical properties is well-known and commonly used in civil engineering. Generally, steel fibers as discontinuous reinforcement of the concrete matrix are used to limit the cracking growth following the load application. Thus, the obtained concrete is characterized by an improvement of the typically brittle behavior of the ordinary matrix, mainly referring to toughness and post-cracking behavior. In this paper the results of a recent experimental campaign carried out at the University of Salento will be discussed. It was designed to study the optimization of concrete mixtures reinforced with recycled steel fibers from end of life tires (ELTs) to be used for the realization of precast panels. This experimental campaign is part of a wider research project aimed to validate the idea that the constituent elements of the ELTs, especially rubber and steel, can be effectively reused in concrete mixtures. Taking into account the high annual amount of ELTs generated around the world and their negative impact on the global environmental sustainability, the recovery of their constituent materials and their reuse as raw materials in different technologies, is certainly an excellent way for a sustainable development.

Concrete reinforced with recycled steel fibers from end of life tires: Mix-design and application

Centonze G.
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Leone M.;Micelli F.;Colonna D.;Aiello M. A.
2016-01-01

Abstract

The manufacturing technology of reinforced concrete with the use of steel fibers to improve its mechanical properties is well-known and commonly used in civil engineering. Generally, steel fibers as discontinuous reinforcement of the concrete matrix are used to limit the cracking growth following the load application. Thus, the obtained concrete is characterized by an improvement of the typically brittle behavior of the ordinary matrix, mainly referring to toughness and post-cracking behavior. In this paper the results of a recent experimental campaign carried out at the University of Salento will be discussed. It was designed to study the optimization of concrete mixtures reinforced with recycled steel fibers from end of life tires (ELTs) to be used for the realization of precast panels. This experimental campaign is part of a wider research project aimed to validate the idea that the constituent elements of the ELTs, especially rubber and steel, can be effectively reused in concrete mixtures. Taking into account the high annual amount of ELTs generated around the world and their negative impact on the global environmental sustainability, the recovery of their constituent materials and their reuse as raw materials in different technologies, is certainly an excellent way for a sustainable development.
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