Date of Award
Master of Science
The sources of natural or virgin coarse aggregates are diminishing in alarming rate and its production is quite expensive, uses a lot of energy, and is not environmental friendly. Hence, utilizing the recycled aggregates like reclaimed or recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) and recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) on road pavement will not only preserve the natural aggregates but also reduce the negative environmental impact. It also helps to conserve the waste landfill sites. The major downside for the use of the recycled aggregate is the quality control during its production. This research characterizes RCA samples obtained from a demolished old foundation and RAP samples from old parking lot and determines their suitability as road pavement materials. Virgin aggregates, recycled aggregates, and several blended mixtures with 20 to 80% replacement of natural coarse aggregate or virgin aggregate (NCA or VA) by weight with RCA and RAP were prepared and tested for resilient modulus (Mr) and California Bearing Ratio (CBR) test. The durability of the virgin aggregate and recycled aggregate were also determined by micro-deval test. The resilient modulus value of 100% RCA and 100% VA was found to be very similar or higher but for 100% RAP the resilient modulus is higher than that of the 100%VA. The Resilient modulus of the RAP blended mixtures increases with the increase in the content of RAP percentage and for the RCA it was not consistent. The CBR values for the blended mixtures decreases with the increase in the percentage of the recycled aggregates. The micro-deval degradation test result for RCA was more than of VA due to presence adhere materials in RCA.
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