Initial moisture and pre-wetting method influence on the water absorption of recycled concrete aggregates (RCA) have been studied experimentally. For this purpose, RCA were pre-wetted by three methods: soaking under partial vacuum (simulating long term wetting), soaking under atmospheric pressure, and spraying (simulating short term wetting). The results show that the same initial amount of water in two samples of RCA do not lead to the same total amount of water absorbed by RCA during 5–120 min. The latter depends on the way they have been pre-wetted (either long term or short term). It is suggested that this phenomenon is related to the accessibility filled pores in the different pre-wetting methods. So, the pre-wetting history of RCA could change the amount of total water absorbed by the RCA up to 1%. When mixing and casting concrete are produced with RCA, the corresponding error in the determination of the effective water should have adverse effects on the fresh and hardened concrete characteristics. In this study real applications on mixtures of recycled concrete have been carried out, where the influence of initial moisture content and pre-wetting history of RCA on fresh recycled concrete properties (slump) have been investigated.
Recycled concrete aggregates Water absorption Pre-wetting Partial vacuum Accessible porosity Air drying
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