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132. Properties of glass concrete containing recycled carpet fibers



Title: 132. Properties of glass concrete containing recycled carpet fibers
Author(s): G. Vilkner, C. Meyer, S. Shimanovich
Paper category : conference
Book title: 6th International RILEM Symposium on Fibre Reinforced Concretes
Editor(s): M. di Prisco, R. Felicetti and G.A. Plizzari
Print-ISBN: 2-912143-51-9
e-ISBN: 2912143748
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2004
Pages: 1431 - 1440
Total Pages: 10
Nb references: 16
Language: English


Abstract: Carpets are a major component of today's waste streams, totaling an estimated 1.5 - 2 million tons in the US in 1996, which corresponds to 1% of all solid waste by weight or 2% by volume. In more recent statistics those numbers are not likely to be smaller. In response to federal regulations, which require the producers of carpets and carpet fibers to take back old carpets, a number of recycling strategies are now being explored. At Columbia University, a major study to evaluate the feasibility of using post-consumer glass as aggregate in concrete has been expanded to investigate the suitability of large quantities (up to 20% by weight) of recycled carpet fibers in concrete products. The expected benefits were to be threefold: first, the fiber reinforcement was expected to improve the mechanical properties of the concrete. This expectation was fulfilled to some extent, although the effect was less than when virgin fibers were used. Second, it was hoped that large quantities of recycled reportedly hollow carpet fibers would enhance the thermal properties of the concrete by decreasing the thermal conductivity. Unfortunately, only modest improvements were observed. Finally, the recycling of used carpet fibers is a contribution to sustainable development, as value is added to a material that otherwise would constitute an environmental burden.


Online publication: 2004-08-30
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00


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