During laboratory tests of concrete with glass powder showed higher strength.
A large part of glass waste never gets recycled, as are small pieces that are difficult to sort.
This writes the Chronicle.info with reference to rambler.ru.
A group of Australian scientists of Deakin University, headed by Dr. Riyadh al-ameri has proposed a simple and efficient way of processing and further use.
First, the waste glass is ground into a coarse powder, which is then used instead of sand as a filler in polymer concrete. Polymer concrete, in turn is a substitute of polymeric resin binders normally used in the manufacture of waterproof flooring.
During laboratory tests of concrete with glass powder showed higher strength compared to traditional analogue based on sand. In addition, the crushed glass does not need to wash and sort, which makes the new material is much cheaper. Another advantage of glasscrete that the supply of quality sand are being depleted rapidly, while huge amounts of glass waste are lying unclaimed.
“Worldwide, the construction industry accounted for 6% of world GDP. explains al-ameri, the Concrete remains the main construction material, and sand — one of its main components, which you want to find a replacement”.