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Ductility of simply supported rubberized concrete beams

Ahmed Youssef Kamal



Dispose of waste rubberized tires become a dangerous problem around the world, represented a big serious risk to the sur-rounded environment. Many studies show that over 1000 million tires reach their expired date yearly and this figure is anticipated to be 5000 million tires by reaching 2030. A minor part of them is employed as recycled materials and the residual amount is stockpiled or buried. This paper aimed to successfully utilize the vast amounts of tire rubber waste existing currently in landfills. This paper represents a practical investigation of the ductility performance of the reinforced rubberized concrete beams. Thirteen reinforced concrete beams simply supported, with waste rubber tires mixtures vary from 0 to 8 percentage as aggregates replacements, were tested by mid-span load. Therefore, to examine the ductility performance of reinforced rubberized concrete beams, three sets of samples were made. In the first group, coarse aggregates in the concrete mix were replaced by different percentages of the waste rubber partials, while for the second group, crumb rubber was replaced for the fine aggregates, and for the third one, a mix of waste and crumbed rubber were replaced for both types of aggregates. Experimental results of rubberized specimens were also compared with that of the reference beam (without rubber replacement), the comparison results declare that concrete contains rubber particles is less ductile than conventional concrete.


rubberized concrete; ductility; beams; crumbed rubber

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