Volume No. 7 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 1262-1271 Jan. - Mar.2013

 

BENEFITS AND IMPACTS OF SCRAP TYRE USE IN GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

 

Das Tapas* and Singh Baleshwar

Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (INDIA)

 

Received on : August 17, 2012

 

ABSTRACT

 

Tyre chips, tyre shreds and tyre chip-soil mixtures can be used in geotechnical engineering applications considering the beneficial properties of the tyre materials. Though there are several examples of use of scrap tyres in geotechnical engineering, the question regarding environmental suitability still persists, particularly the potential impact on groundwater and aquatic life due to leaching. Several researches have indicated that shredded tyres do not show any likelihood of being a hazardous waste material or of having adverse effects on groundwater quality. This paper reviews the benefits and impacts of scrap tyre use in geotechnical engineering.

 

Keywords : Scrap tyres, Tyre shreds, Geotechnical engineering, Environmental suitability, Tyre chips

 

 

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