Sustainable Construction Materials

Sustainable Construction Materials

Sewage Sludge Ash

1st Edition - October 26, 2016

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  • Authors: Ravindra K. Dhir, Gurmel S. Ghataora, Ciaran J. Lynn
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081009871
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081009895

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Sustainable Construction Materials: Sewage Sludge Ash, part of a series of five, aims to promote the use of sustainable construction materials. It is different from the norm, with its uniqueness lying in the development of a data matrix sourced from over 600 publications and contributed by 1107 authors from 442 institutions in 48 countries from 1970 to 2016, all focusing on the subject of sewage sludge ash as a construction material, and systematically analyzing, evaluating, and modeling the information for use in cement, concrete, ceramics, geotechnics, and road pavement applications. Related environmental issues, case studies, and standards are also discussed. The book helps users avoid repetitive research and save valuable resources, giving them more latitude to explore new research to progress the use of sustainable construction materials. It is structured in an incisive and easy to digest manner. As an excellent reference source, the book is particularly suited for researchers, academics, design engineers, specifiers, contractors, developers, and certifying and regulatory authorities who seek to promote sustainability within the construction sector.

Key Features

  • Provides an extensive source of valuable database information supported by an exhaustive and comprehensively organized list of globally published literature spanning 40-50 years, up to 2016, with 5000 references
  • Offers an analysis, evaluation, repackaging, and modeling of existing knowledge, encouraging more responsible use of waste materials in construction
  • Presents a wealth of knowledge for use in many sectors relating to the construction profession


An excellent reference source for researchers, academics, design engineers, specifiers, contractors, developers, and certifying and regulatory authorities seeking to promote sustainability within the construction sector.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

    • 1.1. Background
    • 1.2. Sustainable Construction Materials
    • 1.3. Sewage Sludge Ash
    • 1.4. Layout and Contents

    2. Methodology

    • 2.1. Introduction
    • 2.2. Sourcing and Appraisal of Literature
    • 2.3. Building the Data Matrix
    • 2.4. Analysis, Evaluation and Modelling of Data
    • 2.5. Dissemination
    • 2.6. Conclusions

    3. Sewage Sludge Ash Production

    • 3.1. Introduction
    • 3.2. Sewage Sludge
    • 3.3. Incineration
    • 3.4. Phosphorus Recovery
    • 3.5. Conclusions

    4. Sewage Sludge Ash Characteristics

    • 4.1. Introduction
    • 4.2. Physical Characteristics
    • 4.3. Chemical Characteristics
    • 4.4. Engineering Characteristics
    • 4.5. Conclusions

    5. Concrete-Related Applications

    • 5.1. Introduction
    • 5.2. Raw Feed in Cement Clinker Production
    • 5.3. Cement Component
    • 5.4. Aggregate
    • 5.5. Mortar and Concrete
    • 5.6. Lightweight Aggregate Concrete
    • 5.7. Blocks
    • 5.8. Aerated Concrete
    • 5.9. Foamed Concrete
    • 5.10. Controlled Low-Strength Materials
    • 5.11. Environmental Assessment
    • 5.12. Case Studies
    • 5.13. Conclusions

    6. Ceramic Applications

    • 6.1. Introduction
    • 6.2. General Ceramics
    • 6.3. Bricks
    • 6.4. Tiles
    • 6.5. Glass-Ceramics
    • 6.6. Environmental Assessment
    • 6.7. Case Studies
    • 6.8. Conclusions

    7. Geotechnical Applications

    • 7.1. Introduction
    • 7.2. Geotechnical Properties
    • 7.3. Soil Stabilisation
    • 7.4. Fill Material
    • 7.5. Environmental Assessment
    • 7.6. Case Studies
    • 7.7. Conclusions

    8. Road Pavements

    • 8.1. Introduction
    • 8.2. Unbound Applications
    • 8.3. Hydraulically Bound Applications
    • 8.4. Bituminous Bound Applications
    • 8.5. Environmental Assessment
    • 8.6. Case Studies
    • 8.7. Conclusions

    9. Environmental Assessment, Case Studies and Standards

    • 9.1. Introduction
    • 9.2. Environmental Assessment
    • 9.3. Case Studies
    • 9.4. Standards and Specifications
    • 9.5. Conclusions

    10. Epilogue

Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2016
  • Published: October 26, 2016
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081009871
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081009895

About the Authors

Ravindra K. Dhir

Ravindra Kumar Dhir OBE is an honorary professor of concrete engineering, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; adjunct professor at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and emeritus professor of concrete technology, University of Dundee, United Kingdom, where he held the position of founding director of the Concrete Technology Unit (1988-2008) and developed it into an internationally acknowledged Centre of Excellence. His approach to research is visionary and creative, and by working closely with industry, he ensured a meaningful dissemination of his research into practice. He won many awards and honours,including the Order of the British Empire for services to concrete technology from the Queen (1998), Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for innovative partnership with

industry (1989 and 1990 consecutively) and honorary fellowships from the Institute of Concrete Technology, United Kingdom; Indian Concrete Institute. He served on numerous technical committees, including as president of the Concrete Society (2009-2010) and on the editorial board of the Magazine of Concrete Research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Concrete Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK

Gurmel S. Ghataora

Dr Gurmel S. Ghataora, Senior lecturer, University of Birmingham, UK. Over 40 years’ experience in the geotechnical engineering industry and academia. He has been at the University for over 25 years, where in addition to his teaching, he is the Head of Postgraduate Admissions for all taught programmes in Civil Engineering. He has supervised over 50 research students and authored over 180 articles. His interests include geotechnics of earth roads and railways, and sustainable construction materials. Amongst his many inventions are zero-compaction trench backfill made from as-dug materials, fibre reinforcement of clayey soils, improving the stiffness of railway tracks without removing the track, a novel railway drainage system and remediating acidity in colliery spoil using waste materials. Current studies include the durability of concrete made with recycled concrete aggregate and municipal incinerated bottom ash. He is a member of the Institute of the IOM3 and sits on two TRB committees.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham, UK

Ciaran J. Lynn

Ciaran J. Lynn, PhD doctoral researcher, University of Birmingham, UK. He received his MSc in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and BE in Civil Engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland. His research interests lie in the areas of sustainable construction and the appropriate use of secondary and recycled materials, including in concrete, geotechnics, road pavements and ceramic applications. He is an active contributor in these areas, including publications on the use and environmental assessment of incinerated ashes as construction materials. He is currently involved in a number of ongoing projects focusing on sustainable concrete construction.

Affiliations and Expertise

PhD Doctoral Researcher, University of Birmingham, UK

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