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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6829510, 12 pages
Research Article

Strengths and Failure Characteristics of Self-Compacting Concrete Containing Recycled Waste Glass Aggregate

1Department of Civil Engineering, Gaziantep University, 27310 Gaziantep, Turkey
2Civil Engineering Department, Diyala University, Diyala, Iraq
3Building and Construction Department, University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq
4Civil Engineering Department, Al-Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Iraq

Correspondence should be addressed to Ihsan Taha Kadhim

Received 18 May 2017; Revised 8 July 2017; Accepted 18 July 2017; Published 17 August 2017

Academic Editor: Tung-Chai Ling

Copyright © 2017 Rahman Khaleel AL-Bawi 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 effects of different proportions of green-colored waste glass (WG) cullet on the mechanical and fracture properties of self-compacting concrete (SCC) were experimentally investigated. Waste bottles were collected, washed, crushed, and sieved to prepare the cullet used in this study. Cullet was incorporated at different percentages (0%, 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, and 100% by weight) instead of natural fine aggregate (NFA) and/or natural coarse aggregate (NCA). Three SCC series were designed with a constant slump flow of  mm, total binder content of 570 kg/m3 and at water-to-binder (w/b) ratio of 0.35. Moreover, fly ash (FA) was used in concrete mixtures at 20% of total binder content. Mechanical aspects such as compressive, splitting tensile, and net flexural strengths and modulus of elasticity of SCC were investigated and experimentally computed at 28 days of age. Moreover, failure characteristics of the concretes were also monitored via three-point bending test on the notched beams. The findings revealed that the mechanical properties as well as fracture parameters were adversely influenced by incorporating of WG cullet. However, highest reduction of compressive strength did not exceed 43% recorded at 100% WG replacement level. Concretes containing WG showed less brittle behavior than reference concrete at any content.