Effect of using spent coffee grounds wastes as aggregates on physical and thermal properties of sand concrete

M. Guendouz, Dj. Boukhelkhal, Z. Triki, A. Mechantel, T. Boukerma


Coffee is one of the most popular and consumed beverages worldwide; as its consumption increases, the coffee waste increases and will become a serious environmental problem. This paper presents a feasibility study of manufacturing sand concrete by introducing recycled spent coffee grounds (SCG) as fine aggregate. The sand is substituted in its volume by SCG at percentages of 0%, 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%. The effect of SCG waste on workability, porosity and thermal properties of the sand concretes was studied. The experimental results show that the use of SCG as fine aggregate to replace partially the sand, contributes to reducing the workability of the SCG based sand concretes. However, the thermal properties are improved with the increasing rate of SCG, which could allow using SGC based concrete in various types of structural components with interesting insulating properties. 

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