Long-term behavior of recycled aggregate concrete

A. Gholampour, T. Ozbakkaloglu

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The increased use of concrete in construction industry has resulted in excessive consumption of natural aggregates. In recent years, the use of recycled concrete aggregates, obtained from construction and demolition (C&D) waste, in the development of new eco-friendly concretes has received significant attention. This technology has the promising potential of conserving natural resources while also reducing the negative environmental impact of concrete industry. However, the production of recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) with comparable properties to the conventional natural aggregate concrete (NAC) remains a major challenge for researchers. This chapter presents the current state of research on the long-term behavior of concretes manufactured with coarse recycled concrete aggregates, discussing their long-term compressive, flexural, and splitting tensile strength, elastic modulus, water absorption, air/water permeability, chloride permeability, carbonation resistance, frost resistance, as well as their creep, shrinkage, and fatigue properties based on the results of studies reported in the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling
Subtitle of host publicationManagement, Processing and Environmental Assessment
EditorsFernando Pacheco-Torgal, Yining Ding, Francesco Colangelo, Rabin Tuladhar, Alexander Koutamanis
Place of PublicationDuxford, United Kingdom
PublisherElsevier Woodhead Publishing in Civil and Structural Engineering
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-12-819056-2
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-819055-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering
PublisherWoodhead Publishing


  • Recycled aggregate concrete (RAC)
  • Durability-related properties
  • Time-dependent properties
  • Long-term behavior
  • Mechanical properties
  • Carbonation
  • Frost resistance


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