The IUP Journal of Structural Engineering :
A Study on the Mechanical Properties of Ceramic Waste Aggregate Concrete

Article Details
Pub. Date : Apr, 2019
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Structural Engineering
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJSE31904
Author Name : D Gopinath
Availability : YES
Subject/Domain : Science and Technology
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No. of Pages : 10



It has been assessed that approximately 30% of the daily production is discarded as waste in a ceramic industry. There has been an unrestricted use of natural resources in concrete making, resulting in their depletion to an alarming rate. Hence, for the sustainable development of concrete technology and for safe environment, the use of industrial waste as an alternative for the conventional ingredients of concrete provides the best possible option. Bottom ash is a byproduct of the combustion of pulverized coal in power plants. Therefore, bottom ash can be used as a fine aggregate in concrete making to reduce huge consumption of natural resource. Silica fume is a waste byproduct in the manufacture of silicon from high purity quartz and coal in a submerged-arc electric furnace. It is a highly reactive pozzolanic material. According to IS: 456 (2000), silica fume was added to concrete mix 10% by weight of cement to enhance the impermeability of concrete. This paper makes an attempt to find out the suitability and adequacy of the ceramic waste as a possible substitute for conventional crushed stone coarse aggregate and bottom ash as a partial replacement for conventional fine aggregate in the concrete.


In view of the ever-growing population and the expanding urban centers, escalating levels of construction are forecast in the coming years in India, a developing country. The construction industry has the largest drain on natural materials. The construction industry needs to suggest measures using environment-friendly and more sustainable technology. Industrial waste has continued to increase due to the continued demand for resources used by humans and increasing amount of pollution and also due to the problem of high cost of building materials. It is essential to effectively use the industrial waste in order to conserve the nonrenewable natural resources.


Alternate aggregates, Ceramic waste, Bottom ash, Silica fume, Mechanical properties