Lightweight Concrete with Aggregates Made by Using Industrial Waste


  • Diana Bajare Riga Technical University
  • Janis Kazjonovs Riga Technical University
  • Aleksandrs Korjakins Riga Technical University



lightweight concrete, expanded clay aggregate, industrial waste


The disposal and treatment of solid and hazardous industrial waste is quite expensive for any industry; therefore it brings challenges to find a solution that permits to obtain new, usable products by waste utilization in a technically and economically sustainable as well as environmentally friendly way.

The production of lightweight concrete by using aggregates made by industrial by-products and hazardous solid waste such as expanded fly ash, slag, sludge etc. is well known. This research provides possibilities to reuse waste called non-metallic product (NMP) from aluminium scrap recycling factories for the manufacturing of lightweight expanded clay aggregates and lightweight concrete. Characterization of NMP is described in the preliminary publications (Bajare et al. 2012).

The manufacturing cycle of lightweight expanded clay aggregates were simulated in laboratory by sintering the clay - waste mixes in the rotary furnace up to 1200°C. Lightweight expanded clay aggregates with rather different pore structure were obtained due to slight variations of mixture composition and sintering temperature. Produced aggregates were with bulk density from 320 kg/m3 to 620 kg/m3. Different types of lightweight aggregates were used to produce lightweight concretes. Mechanical, physical and thermal conductivity tests were performed for hardened concrete specimens according to standard procedures.