Investigation into the potential of rubberised concrete products

Hsein Yang KEW, K. Etebar, M.C. Limbachiya, Michael Kenny

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Currently, the implementation of research in rubberised concrete has been poor with few examples of successful use in industry or product development. However, the recycling of waste tyres in civil engineering applications is currently very low, so that the demand for viable new products remains pressing.
Rubberised concrete exhibits lower workability and substantially reduced compressive strength in which these characteristics have greatly inhibited the development of viable rubberised concrete products. The approach
adopted in this study is to accept the inherent low strength and workability properties of rubberised concrete and develop viable low strength applications such as concrete blocks with have beneficial characteristics and good economic viability. This study seeks to take advantage of the low thermal conductivity of rubber to develop thermally efficient rubberised concrete products which can be used in dwelling construction. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is an important part of the UK Government’s drive to conserve energy and reduce
national CO2 emissions.
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 pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventInternational Conference on Concrete Construction - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 200810 Sep 2008


ConferenceInternational Conference on Concrete Construction
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • rubberised concrete
  • product development
  • recycling
  • waste tyres


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