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Abstract: The authors of this article look to use shredded waste tires as a component of a cement composite in order to reuse the discarded material as well as improve the thermal properties of the composite. The TPS method was used in order to determine thermal conductivities of the dry components of the composite, and the auto-coherent homogenisation model was used to determine the thermal conductivity of the rubber/cement/air mixture. Different amounts of rubber were added to the cement and gave differing thermal conductivities, but overall the addition of the rubber decreased the thermal conductivity of the cement.

Reference: Construction and Building Materials 22 (2008) 573-579

DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2006.11.011