Polymer Fibers from Waste Tires and Sugarcane Molasses for Soil Improving

  • Juan Esteban Jimenez Hoyos
  • Henry A. Colorado LEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


This research shows results about the use of recycled tire polymer fibers (RTPF) and sugarcane molasses, both blended with kaolin clay for soil improving applications. RTPF were obtained from a tire recycled company and the molasses was obtained from a sugarcane manufacturer. Both materials are considered as wastes in some locations and therefore the first positive impact of this research is to have a green solution for these by-products. The materials characterization was performed with scanning electron microscopy and compression strength tests. Results showed that unconfined compressive strength improved from about 1419 kPa for the sample without the addition of fibers and molasses to 2037 kPa for the sample with 0.1 wt% of fibers and 2.0 wt% molasses, contents taken with respect to the dry weight of the soil.


Waste tires Polymer fibers Molasses Clay Soil improving Soil microorganisms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Esteban Jimenez Hoyos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Henry A. Colorado L
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.CCComposites LaboratoryUniversidad de Antioquia UdeAMedellínColombia
  2. 2.Facultad de IngenieríaUniversidad de AntioquiaMedellínColombia

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