EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON MECHANICAL BEHAVIOUR OF CONCRETE BEAMS WITH SHREDDED PLASTICS
Keywords:flexural theory, beam with plastics, alternative concrete component, waste utilization
In recent years, more attention is being paid to alternative disposal of wastes to lessen the harmful
impact of these wastes to the environment. In the construction industry, alternative disposal of waste comes in
the form of utilization of waste as a substitute construction material. Plastic, typically in the form of plastic bags
and bottles, is one of the most abundant wastes in Manila, and, also among the most problematic when it comes
to disposal due to its non-biodegradable nature. Hence, more attention is given to alternative use of plastics as a
substitute material in construction. In this study, experimental investigation was conducted to assess the
performance of concrete beams with shredded plastics, sourced out locally, as a supplementary material.
Strength properties of a concrete beam, in terms of compression, tension, and flexure, were investigated for both
plain concrete and concrete with shredded plastics. Results showed that concrete with shredded plastics were
slightly higher than that of plain concrete in terms of tension and compression strength. Flexural strength of
concrete with shredded plastic, also showed higher strength than that of plain concrete. Additionally, this study
showed the applicability of elastic flexural theory to concrete beams with plastics.