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Journal of Waste Management
Volume 2014, Article ID 389316, 7 pages
Research Article

Utilization of Brine Sludge in Nonstructural Building Components: A Sustainable Approach

Environmental Science & Technology Division, CSIR-Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee 247 667, India

Received 29 May 2014; Accepted 5 August 2014; Published 21 August 2014

Academic Editor: Milva Pepi

Copyright © 2014 Mridul Garg and Aakanksha Pundir. 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 characterization and influence of brine sludge on the properties of cement-fly ash-sludge binders are presented. The reaction products formed during the hydration of binder provide an interlocking framework to physically encapsulate the waste particles and are responsible for the development of strength. The utilization of brine sludge in making paver blocks and bricks and the effect of sludge concentration on the engineering properties of these products are also discussed. These results clearly exhibited that brine sludge up to 35 and 25% can safely be utilized for making paver blocks and bricks, respectively. The leachability studies confirm that the metals ions and impurities in the sludge are substantially fixed in the matrix and do not readily leach from there. The utilization of brine sludge in construction materials could serve as an alternative solution to disposal and reduce pollution.