Shear strength of reinforced recycled concrete beams with stirrups Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • An experimental study is conducted to investigate the shear behaviour and strength of concrete beams made with coarse recycled concrete aggregate. The distinguishing feature of the beams is the manner in which their concrete mixture is proportioned. A new method of concrete mixture proportioning is used wherein recycled concrete aggregate is treated as a two-phase material comprising residual mortar and natural aggregate, and the relative amount and properties of each phase are considered. Using this method, several beams are made of recycled concrete aggregate-concrete and tested to study their serviceability and shear strength. For each beam its load–deflection curve, shear deformations, diagonal cracking load, crack pattern, ultimate shear strength, and failure mode are determined. The results show that the shear performance of reinforced recycled concrete aggregate-concrete beams is comparable, or even superior, to that of beams made entirely with natural aggregates at both the serviceability and ultimate limit states, and the current Canadian Standards Association, American Concrete Institute and Eurocode provisions for shear design can be used without any modification to design recycled concrete aggregate-concrete beams, provided the aforementioned mixture proportioning method is used.

publication date

  • October 2010