Novel applications of pre- and post- consumer carpet wastes in concrete.

Miraftab, Mohsen (1999) Novel applications of pre- and post- consumer carpet wastes in concrete. UNSPECIFIED.


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On average a typical carpet manufacturing company in the UK produces between 15 to 20 tonnes of waste per week. This amounts to nearly \textsterling70 million of would be extra income per year. Post consumer carpet is difficult to quantify but the waste is likely to increase inline with other consumable practises. To alleviate the problem, a number of pioneering research initiatives have resulted in practical and potential solutions. However, by and large they are, as yet, not economically viable and could take a long time before they become universally acceptable. This work discusses some new initiatives which attempts to reduce costs by using suitably selected carpet wastes to reinforce concrete structures with potential benefits to both the concrete and carpet manufactures. Preliminary experimental results show improved fracture characteristics and effective containment of concrete segments after impact. Possible benefits of such systems other than dealing with carpet waste and concrete reinforcements will be discussed.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of the paper presented at the 4th Recycling of Fibrous Textile and Carpet Waste Conference, 1999. Georgia Institute of Technology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carpet waste,Fibre reinforced concrete
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Materials Research and Innovation
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:52
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2018 10:06

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