This study investigates the potential application of peach shells as lightweight aggregates in the production of non-structural lightweight concrete (LWC). The recycling and reutilization of agri-food waste presents an opportunity to address the challenges associated with waste disposal and limit the exploitation of natural resources, contributing to sustainable development goals and combatting climate change. The peach shells were subjected to heat treatment at various temperatures (160, 200, and 240 °C) to reduce the hydrophilicity of the cellulose fraction, and their chemical and physical properties were examined in relation to the performance of lightweight concrete, in terms of density, compressive strength and thermal conductivity. Two binding mixtures, one with lime only (mixture “a”) and the other with both lime and cement (mixture “b”), were studied. The experimental results indicated that the prepared lightweight concrete specimens exhibited better performance as the roasting temperature increased, starting from 200 °C. Conversely, specimens prepared with peach shells roasted at 160 °C exhibited a decreased performance compared to those prepared with only air-dried peach shells. Samples prepared with the mixture “a” have better insulating properties and lower density, but lower mechanical resistance. The enhanced properties observed in the lightweight concrete specimens prepared with higher roasting temperatures highlight the potential of utilizing peach shells as an effective and sustainable alternative to traditional lightweight aggregates.

Exploring the potential of peach (Prunus Persica L.) nut-shells as a sustainable alternative to traditional aggregates in lightweight concrete / D'Eusanio, Veronica; Anderlini, Biagio; Marchetti, Andres; Pastorelli, Stefano; Roncaglia, Fabrizio; Ughetti, Alberto. - (2023), pp. 22-39. [10.5281/ZENODO.8117772]

Exploring the potential of peach (Prunus Persica L.) nut-shells as a sustainable alternative to traditional aggregates in lightweight concrete

D'Eusanio, Veronica
;
Anderlini, Biagio;Roncaglia, Fabrizio;Ughetti, Alberto
2023

Abstract

This study investigates the potential application of peach shells as lightweight aggregates in the production of non-structural lightweight concrete (LWC). The recycling and reutilization of agri-food waste presents an opportunity to address the challenges associated with waste disposal and limit the exploitation of natural resources, contributing to sustainable development goals and combatting climate change. The peach shells were subjected to heat treatment at various temperatures (160, 200, and 240 °C) to reduce the hydrophilicity of the cellulose fraction, and their chemical and physical properties were examined in relation to the performance of lightweight concrete, in terms of density, compressive strength and thermal conductivity. Two binding mixtures, one with lime only (mixture “a”) and the other with both lime and cement (mixture “b”), were studied. The experimental results indicated that the prepared lightweight concrete specimens exhibited better performance as the roasting temperature increased, starting from 200 °C. Conversely, specimens prepared with peach shells roasted at 160 °C exhibited a decreased performance compared to those prepared with only air-dried peach shells. Samples prepared with the mixture “a” have better insulating properties and lower density, but lower mechanical resistance. The enhanced properties observed in the lightweight concrete specimens prepared with higher roasting temperatures highlight the potential of utilizing peach shells as an effective and sustainable alternative to traditional lightweight aggregates.
2023
22
39
Exploring the potential of peach (Prunus Persica L.) nut-shells as a sustainable alternative to traditional aggregates in lightweight concrete / D'Eusanio, Veronica; Anderlini, Biagio; Marchetti, Andres; Pastorelli, Stefano; Roncaglia, Fabrizio; Ughetti, Alberto. - (2023), pp. 22-39. [10.5281/ZENODO.8117772]
D'Eusanio, Veronica; Anderlini, Biagio; Marchetti, Andres; Pastorelli, Stefano; Roncaglia, Fabrizio; Ughetti, Alberto
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