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A Critical Review of Research on Reuse of Mechanically Recycled FRP Production and End-of-Life Waste for Construction

Civil Engineering Department, City College of New York, New York, NY 10031, USA
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Polymers 2014, 6(6), 1810-1826; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym6061810
Received: 25 April 2014 / Revised: 28 May 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 17 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites in Structural Engineering)
For the last three decades, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials have been widely used in major engineering industries. Managing FRP waste is becoming an important issue due to the growth in the production of FRP composite materials. In this article, the issue of FRP waste management is discussed and the commonly used methods for the handling of FRP waste are reviewed. One potentially viable use of FRP waste is in the partial replacement of fillers or aggregates in cementitious materials (particularly portland cement mortar and concrete). A number of important prior investigations performed on the use of FRP waste in concrete and mortar are reviewed. The results from most of those investigations suggest that FRP aggregates significantly reduce the strength of cementitious materials with little significant effect on durability. Recommendations for future research in this area are provided for producing stronger mortars and concretes incorporating FRP production and end-of-life waste. View Full-Text
Keywords: aggregate; concrete; fiber reinforced polymer; filler; mechanical properties; recycling; reuse aggregate; concrete; fiber reinforced polymer; filler; mechanical properties; recycling; reuse
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Yazdanbakhsh, A.; Bank, L.C. A Critical Review of Research on Reuse of Mechanically Recycled FRP Production and End-of-Life Waste for Construction. Polymers 2014, 6, 1810-1826.

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