In this paper the interaction mechanism between recycled plastic aggregates and lime matrix in composite mortars was investigated by means of thermal, morphological and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) analyses. In order to assess the fire behavior of the composite mortars, a cone calorimeter method was adopted. The plastic aggregate, mainly made of polyolefin and polyethylene terephthalate, is obtained from an industrial waste, through a process that provides a plasticization and densification by extrusion of plastic waste. Several composite mortars were prepared by replacing silica powder with 10%, 15% and 20% of recycled aggregate. Experimental results attest that, even if the filler was not chemically modified, there is a good chemical interaction between the plastic aggregate and mortar, involving a reduction of the negative effects on physical and functional properties of the mortar composites, such as thermal degradation and fire resistance. In fact all the specimens showed a scarce sensitivity to flashover, and can be classified as low risk materials.

The effect of recycled plastic aggregate on chemico-physical and functional properties of composite mortars

Capasso I.;
2014

Abstract

In this paper the interaction mechanism between recycled plastic aggregates and lime matrix in composite mortars was investigated by means of thermal, morphological and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) analyses. In order to assess the fire behavior of the composite mortars, a cone calorimeter method was adopted. The plastic aggregate, mainly made of polyolefin and polyethylene terephthalate, is obtained from an industrial waste, through a process that provides a plasticization and densification by extrusion of plastic waste. Several composite mortars were prepared by replacing silica powder with 10%, 15% and 20% of recycled aggregate. Experimental results attest that, even if the filler was not chemically modified, there is a good chemical interaction between the plastic aggregate and mortar, involving a reduction of the negative effects on physical and functional properties of the mortar composites, such as thermal degradation and fire resistance. In fact all the specimens showed a scarce sensitivity to flashover, and can be classified as low risk materials.
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