Recycling

A project at Illinois State University aiming to utilize recycled products towards construction has received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency.

A project at Illinois State University aiming to utilize recycled products towards construction has received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency.

ISU Associate Professor Dr. Pranshoo Solanki led a team of students to investigate and research the potential for recycled materials to replace certain elements of concrete that are emitters of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

The project, aptly titled “Recycled Glass as a Substitute for Portland Cement and Fly Ash in Controlled Low-Strength Material” aspires to prevent further air pollution in the production of concrete, but also limit the costs of concrete products.

This would significantly help rural areas that rely heavily on transportation by giving these areas a less-expensive alternative for creating concrete.

To do this, the team plans to apply laboratory-based performance tests on a set of controlled low-strength material cylindrical specimens. Both undergraduates and graduate students involved in ISU’s Construction Management and Project Management programs

The EPA’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet grants program awarded a $15,000 grant towards the project. The initiative is a competitive effort to finance technological innovations and projects at universities nationwide.

MIKE SMITH is a News Reporter for The Vidette. He can be reached at msmit13@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter @Agora_180


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