Mechanical and thermal properties of concrete containing shredded and pelletized plastic wastes

Keywords: Pelletized plastic, Polyethylene terephthalate, Shredded plastic, Thermal conductivity, Thermal properties


The non-biodegradable character of plastic wastes has a negative effect on the environment. The valorization of plastic in the production of concrete with lower thermal conductivity may contribute to decreasing the energy consumed to maintain indoor thermal comfort in buildings. The present study reports the preparation of mixes and cylindrical specimens of concrete with shredded and pelletized plastic wastes as replacements (1.7%, 3.4%, and 5%) for fine aggregates. Density, compressive strength, and thermal conductivity were measured. The experimental results demonstrated a decrease in density and thermal conductivity with increasing quantity of shredded and pelletized plastic wastes. Additionally, shredded plastic wastes have a negative effect by decreasing compressive strength. Concrete with 3.4% pelletized plastic presents the highest compressive strength. The incorporation of pelletized plastic improves the mechanical and thermal properties of modified concrete.


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Víctor Manuel Blanchar-Amaya, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia

Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. Bogotá, Colombia

Everyn Marcela Villalba-Manjarres, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia

Universidad cooperativa de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia

Sergio Andrés Monsalve-Romero, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia

Estudiante de Ingeniería Civil, Universidad cooperativa de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia

Oscar Felipe Arbelaez-Perez, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia

Universidad cooperativa de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia


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How to Cite
Blanchar-Amaya, V., Villalba-Manjarres, E., Monsalve-Romero, S., & Arbelaez-Perez, O. (2022). Mechanical and thermal properties of concrete containing shredded and pelletized plastic wastes. ITECKNE, 19(2), 113-119.
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