PERFORMANCE OF PARTIALLY REPLACED PLASTIC BOTTLES (PET) AS COARSE AGGREGATE IN PRODUCING GREEN CONCRETE

PERFORMANCE OF PARTIALLY REPLACED PLASTIC BOTTLES (PET) AS COARSE AGGREGATE IN PRODUCING GREEN CONCRETE

Brilliant Engineering (BEN)
Volume 2 - Issue 4 - October 2021

Mohammad Rashedul Haque Mohammad Belal Hossain Mohammad Roknuzzaman Noor-A-Afrin Emu Fatema Tuz Jahan

Abstract

Disposal of plastic bottles made from Poly-Ethylene Terephthalate (PET) is a worldwide problem. Green concrete, made with one or more recycled items, is also a trendy concept in the sustainable construction sector. The current study is to investigate the possibility of using recycled PET waste bottles as a partial replacement of natural coarse aggregate in green concrete to get marginal effective compressive strength and workability. Two different sizes of PET fiber such as 10mm*10mm and 19mm*19mm are used. Four different replacement percentages such as 0% (control), 1%, 5%, and 10% of coarse aggregate are adopted with a fixed water-cement ratio of 0.42. A total of 42 cylindrical specimens are prepared and conventional water curing is done for 7 days and 28 days. Compressive strength for control specimen (0%) after 7 days and 28 days curing is found as 39.96 MPa and 53.42 MPa respectively. On the other hand, the compressive strength of specimens with 10mm*10mm plastic fiber is found to be 22.40 MPa, 16.14 MPa & 11.83 MPa after 7 days curing and 38.48 MPa, 25.81 MPa & 20.08 MPa after 28 days of curing for 1%, 5%, and 10% replacement of coarse aggregate respectively. For 19mm*19mm plastic fibers, these values are 21.22 MPa, 7.99 MPa & 4.29 MPa after 7 days of curing and 35.82 MPa, 11.36 MPa & 7.03 MPa after 28 days of curing for the same percentages. The findings of the study may serve as a guideline for deciding the replacement percentage and fiber size for preparing PET-based green concrete.

Keywords

PET; Green Concrete; Compressive strength; Workability; Plastic Fiber
https://doi.org/10.36937/ben.2021.004.004