Is it Possible to Make Bricks and Roofing Tiles Using Municipal Solid Waste and Marble Residue?

Vidal, M. M. Jordán; Montero, M. A.
March 2013
Interceram: International Ceramic Review;Mar2013, Vol. 62 Issue 1, p13
Trade Publication
Incorporation of waste materials, in this case, municipal solid waste (MSW) and marble residue rich in calcium carbonate in the production of traditional ceramics could give rise to industrial cost savings. At the same time, the utilization and recycling of wastes as a secondary raw material can help solve environmental problems associated with the wastes. In this study, ceramic tile bodies were obtained by adding recycled municipal solid wastes (MSW) and marble residues to standard clay samples. Water absorption capacity and bending strength were measured to evaluate the properties of the resulting ceramic materials. Water absorption increases with an increase in the residue percentage. Addition of waste residues to ceramics also gives rise to a decrease in bending strength. Use of residues in the manufacture of bricks and roofing tiles affects the final properties of these products. The most suitable products were selected based on technological and ceramic behaviour. With respect to the tested physical and mechanical properties, the new ceramic tile bodies are close in quality to conventional market bricks and roofing tiles.


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