Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Sulaimani, Sulaimania, Iraq.


Effects of various elevated heating temperatures on mechanical properties of normal concrete containing recycled tire rubber as a fine aggregate (RTRFA) has been investigated in this paper. Five different concrete mixes were prepared in the laboratory. In each mix Ordinary Portland Cement, natural coarse and fine aggregate, water and RTRFA are used with fine aggregate replacement ratios (0%, 6%, 12%, 18% and 24%) by weight. In the laboratory, 60 cylindrical specimens (100mm diameter × 200mm high) and 60 cubic specimens (150×150×150mm3) were prepared. The concrete specimens were exposed to four different heating temperatures: Control (Not heated), 200, 400, and 600°C, and tested according to British standards to observe the post-heating mechanical properties. These properties included density and mass loss, split tensile strength and compressive strength. The results showed a linear decrease in compressive strength with higher temperature degrees and percent replacement of fine aggregate by RTRFA. Moreover, the concrete’s tensile strength fluctuated as it increased at 6% of rubber replacement then linearly declined at further replacement rates. Finally, some crucial conclusions of heating rubberized concrete have been drawn.


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