Pappu A.,Loughborough University |
Osmani M.,Loughborough University |
Ansarifar A.,Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering |
Wang L.,Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering
Construction for a Sustainable Environment - Proceedings of the International Conference of Construction for a Sustainable Environment | Year: 2010
The aim of the study reported herein, which is part of an ongoing industry and government funded project, was to characterise GRP waste and to assess its recycling potential in concrete composites and polymer-rubber composites. Detailed characterisation studies of GRP waste were carried out in terms of physical, and chemical properties. The physical characterisation results showed that the GRP waste polyester resin powder had a wide particle size distribution ranging from 0.02 micro meter to 600 micro meter. The particle size analysis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies showed that the GRP waste powder particles were different in size and were irregular in shape. Using the energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) spectrum, the chemical characterisation of the GRP powder showed that the major chemical constituents in the GRP powder were silica (Si), calcium (Ca), aluminium (Al) and oxygen (O). © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, London.