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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 2761294, 11 pages
Research Article

Properties of Self-Compacting Concrete with Recycled Coarse Aggregate

1School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
2College of Engineering and Informatics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
3Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Durability for Marine Civil Engineering, Shenzhen University, China
4Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Received 7 December 2015; Revised 16 February 2016; Accepted 17 February 2016

Academic Editor: Osman Gencel

Copyright © 2016 W. C. Tang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The utilisation of recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) in Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC) has the potential to reduce both the environmental impact and financial cost associated with this increasingly popular concrete type. However, to date limited research exists exploring the use of coarse RCA in SCC. The work presented in this paper seeks to build on the existing knowledge in this area by examining the workability, strength, and fracture properties of SCCs containing 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% coarse RCA. The experimental programme indicated that at RCA utilisation levels of 25% to 50% little or no negative impact was observed for strength, workability, or fracture properties, with the exception of a slight reduction in Young’s modulus.