Proceeding of

MPGI National Multi Conference 2012


National Conference


Innovative Approaches in Civil Engineering

A Special Issue of

Indian Research Transaction


Chief Convener

Dr. Rajiv Dharaskar

Director, MPGI Integrated Campus, Nanded


Dr. Mrs Sadhana Chidrawar

Dean, School of Engineering, MPGI Integrated Campus, Nanded


Prof. K. H. Walse



IRT ISSN: 2250-0804 (Online) >> ISBN: 978-81-906467-0-8    

Studies In Utilisation Of Ground And Coarse Waste Glass In Mortar And Concrete

Alpesh A. Adekar, Dr.U.P.Waghe, Prof.A.V.Patil


Alpesh A. Adekar, Dr.U.P.Waghe, Prof.A.V.Patil, "Studies In Utilisation Of Ground And Coarse Waste Glass In Mortar And Concrete", IRT Proceeding on national conference on Innovative Approaches in Civil Engineering, 7-8 April, 2012, published by Indian research transaction, India


The reuse of waste glass poses a major problem in large municipal areas of the United States. Post-consumer glass is often mixed-color and commingled with plastics and metals, contaminated with other materials like ceramics and organic matter and partially broken. This reduces its value and complicates the ability to achieve the cullet specifications of bottle manufacturers or other markets such as the construction industry. Most of these markets make little use of the inherent chemical and physical properties of glass, therefore its market value is very low. A major research effort has been underway at Columbia University for a number of years, to develop new applications for waste glass as an aggregate for concrete. Extensive studies were undertaken to solve the alkali-silica reaction (ASR) problem. Specific products such as paving stones, concrete masonry blocks, terrazzo tiles, and precast concrete panels are close to commercial production. This paper discusses the various steps that need to be taken by recyclers to collect the glass, separate it from the other materials, clean it and crush it to obtain the appropriate grading to meet the specifications for specific applications. Glass is unstable in the alkaline environment of concrete and could cause deleterious alkali-silica reaction problems. This property has been used to advantage by grinding it into a fine glass powder (GLP) for incorporation into concrete as a pozzolonic material. In laboratory experiments it can suppress the alkali-reactivity of coarser glass particles, as well as that of natural reactive aggregates. It undergoes beneficial pozzolonic reactions in the concrete and could replace up to 30% of cement in some concrete mixes with satisfactory strength development. The drying shrinkage of the concrete containing GLP was acceptable.

Keywords Waste Glass, Mixed-Color Cullet, Glass Concrete, Paving Stones, Precast Concrete, Architectural Concrete.

  1. Research into Concrete Blocks with Waste Glass by P. Turgut, E. S. Yahlizade
  2. Development of Concrete Containing Waste Glass G. D. Perkins, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL
  3. Design of Green Engineered Cementitious Composites  for Improved Sustainabilityby Michael D. Lepech, Victor C. Li, Richard E. Robertson, and Gregory A. Keoleian
  4. Concrete manufacture withun-graded recycled aggregatesA.E. Richardson, K. Coventry and S. GrahamUniversity of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  5. Optimization of pozzolanic reaction of ground waste glass incorporated in cement mortars L.A Pereira de Oliveira, J.P. Castro Gomes & P. SantosUniversity of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
  6. Utilization of solid wastes (waste glass And rubber particles) as aggregates in Concrete Yunping Xi, Yue Li, Zhaohui Xie, and Jae S. LeeUniversity of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
  7. Use of selected waste materials in concrete mixes Malek Batayneh *, Iqbal Marie, Ibrahim Asi Faculty of Engineering, Civil Engineering Department, The Hashemite University, Zarka 13115, Jordan
  8. CONCRETE WITH WASTE GLASS AS AGGREGATEC Meyer Columbia UniversityN EgosiRRT Design and Construction C AndelaAndela Products LtdUnited States of America
  9. USE OF WASTE GLASS AS AGGREGATE IN CONCRETE Liang, Hong1; Zhu, Huiying2; Byars, Ewan A

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