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Author Antico, F.C.; Wiener, M.J.; Araya-Letelier, G.; Retamal, R.G.
Title Eco-bricks: a sustainable substitute for construction materials Type
Year 2017 Publication Revista De La Construccion Abbreviated Journal Rev. Constr.
Volume 16 Issue 3 Pages 518-526
Keywords Eco-bricks; inorganic solid waste valorization; physical characterization; elastic modulus; nonstructural materials
Abstract Eco-bricks, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles filled with mixed inorganic waste, have become a low cost construction material and a valid recycling method to reduce waste disposal in regions where industrial recycling is not yet available. Because Eco-bricks are filled with mixed recovered materials, potential recycling of its constituents is difficult at the end of its life. This study proposes considering Eco-bricks filled with a single inorganic waste material to work as a time capsule, with potential for recovering the filling material when other ways of waste valorization are available within those communities that currently have no better recycling options. This paper develops an experimental characterization of density, filler content (by volume), thermal shrinkage, elastic modulus and deformation recovery capacity using four different filler materials: 1) PET; 2) paper & cardboard; 3) tetrapack; and 4) metal. Overall, Eco-brick's density, thermal shrinkage and elastic modulus are dependent on the filler content. Density and elastic modulus of the proposed Eco-bricks are similar to values of medium-high density expanded polystyrene (EPS) used in nonstructural construction, reason why we suggest that these Eco-bricks might be a sustainable alternative to EPS or other nonstructural construction materials.
Address [Antico, Federico C.; Gonzalez Retamal, Raul] Univ Adolfo Ibanez, Fac Ingn & Ciencias, Padre Hurtado 750, Vina Del Mar, Chile, Email: federico.antico@uai.cl;
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Publisher Pontificia Univ Catolica Chile, Escuela Construccion Civil Place of Publication Editor
Language English Summary Language Original Title
Series Editor Series Title Abbreviated Series Title
Series Volume Series Issue Edition
ISSN 0718-915x ISBN Medium
Area Expedition Conference
Notes WOS:000418898900016 Approved
Call Number UAI @ eduardo.moreno @ Serial 788
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