chapter  9
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Aggregates derived from industrial wastes

One major component of concrete sustainability is the use of recycled or waste materials. There are three principal classes of such materials:

• supplementary cementitiousmaterials, such as blast furnace slag, fly ash, and silica fume, that can be used to replace a portion of the Portland cement, as discussed in detail in Chapter 5;

• used oils, spent solvents, rubber tires, and other wastes that can be used as fuels in the manufacture of Portland cement, as mentioned in Chapter 1;

• some construction and demolition wastes, including old concrete, that can be recycled to serve as coarse aggregate in concrete. Since the coarse aggregate generally makes up about 40% of the mass of a typical concrete, reducing the amount of natural aggregate required can have a significant effect on preserving our natural resources.