Sustainability in the construction industry is a global concern, and one way of handling this is the idea of recycling old concrete rubbles in the production of fresh concrete. Recycled aggregate concrete is normally classified as light weight concrete and recommended for use in production of low-grade non-structural elements. This study examined the properties of crushed old concrete cubes as replacement for natural aggregate. Five specimens 150x150mm concrete cubes with varying percentages of coarse recycled aggregate of 0 %( control), 25, 50, 75 and 100% were prepared. All the mixes were proportioned using the absolute volume method with a targeted compressive strength of 30N/mm2 and varying w/c ratio. The result shows that with up to 75% replacement of natural aggregate with recycled aggregate, the 28 days compressive strength of concrete is in close proximity with that of normal concrete. While the strength of exclusive recycled aggregate concrete is about 15% lesser than that of exclusive natural aggregate. The result of this research confirms that crushed old concrete cubes can be safely used in the production of high grade concrete.
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