Developing viable products using recycled rubber tyres in concrete

Hsein Yang KEW, Michael Kenny

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The growing problem of waste tyre disposal in the UK can be alleviated if new recycling routes can be found for the anticipated surplus of tyres. One of the largest potential routes is in construction, but usage of waste tyres in civil engineering is currently very low. This study investigates the potential of incorporating recycled rubber tyres into Cement CEM 1 concrete and concrete blocks. It was found that rubberised concrete exhibited very low workability and a marked reduction in strength which inhibits its use for general structural
applications. However, the potential was found for producing low strength products such as rubberised concrete block with beneficial properties. The production method replicated that used in industry was produced successfully.
As part of the effort in developing new construction materials, it is essential to establish its economic viability as well as its technical viability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExcellence in concrete construction through innovation
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the International Conference on Concrete Construction, Kingston University, London, UK., 9-10 September 2008
EditorsMukesh C. Limbachiya, Hsein Y. Kew
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventInternational Conference on Concrete Construction - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sept 200810 Sept 2008


ConferenceInternational Conference on Concrete Construction
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • concrete construction
  • recycling routes
  • rubber tyres


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