The total substitution by volume of natural coarse calcareous aggregate by coarse recycled brick aggregate (RBA) and coarse recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) has been investigated to produce more sustainable and environment-friendly mortars. Aggregates were also partially substituted by their fines at 12.5% by volume. Mortars have been tested in terms of mechanical, microstructural, and durability properties. Results show that it is feasible to replace a natural calcareous aggregate entirely by recycled aggregates. In particular, the obtained mortars, even if more porous and more prone to the water capillary absorption than that manufactured with natural aggregates, result in less stiffness and thus are less subjected to crack formation, more permeable to water vapour, and less susceptible to sulphate attack.
Bricks and Concrete Wastes as Coarse and Fine Aggregates in Sustainable Mortars / Mobili, Alessandra; Giosue', Chiara; Corinaldesi, Valeria; Tittarelli, Francesca. - In: ADVANCES IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. - ISSN 1687-8434. - ELETTRONICO. - 2018:8676708(2018), pp. 1-11. [10.1155/2018/8676708]