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Infrastructure protection by scrap tyre-soil mixtures

HH Tsang, W Xiong, S Yaghmaei-Sabegh, MN Sheikh, NTK Lam, S Fragomeni (ed.), S Venkatesan (ed.), NTK Lam (ed.), S Setunge (ed.)

INCORPORATING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE IN MECHANICS OF STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS | CRC PRESS-TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP | Published : 2011

Abstract

The recent earthquakes in China (2008) and Haiti (2010) once again reminded us the devastating power of earthquakes, particularly in impoverished countries where fragile buildings and infrastructures prevail. Scrap tyre disposal has been a significant environmental problem. Every year, 800 million waste tyres are produced worldwide. It has been a hot topic amongst the engineering community to look for long-term viable solutions to the recycling and reuse of the huge stockpile. This paper proposes a new method of utilizing scrap tyres for infrastructure protection against earthquakes. The method involves mixing scrap tyres with soil materials and placing the mixtures around building foundatio..

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