The Effect of Textile on Compressive Strength of Concrete
In this research paper, effect of textile waste on compressive strength of concrete cubes are analyzed. Textile waste
is collected from stitching shops and cut into small fibers size of 25mm×5mm. Ten concrete mixes with dosage of
textile waste from 0.1% to 1% with an increment of 0.1% are used. Additionally, one concrete mix without textile
waste is prepared to compare the results. In all mixes, 1:2:4 concrete mix and 0.5 w/c ratio is used. To check the
workability of concrete, slump test is performed for all mixes. Total 88 concrete cubes of standard sizes are casted in
11 batches each having equal number of cubes. These cubes are cured for 14- and 28-day by standard water curing.
Unit weight (density) and compressive strength of all specimens are evaluated in a standard fashion. Comparison of
the results reveals that the maximum increase in compressive strength of concrete is recorded at the textile waste
dosage of 0.6% (28-day cured specimens) and is equal to 11.7%. Based on the laboratory investigations and the
results, it is concluded that the use of textile waste in concrete has a promising effect on compressive strength.
The content of textile waste may be considered to be 0.6% of total volume of concrete which may lead to a higher
strength of concrete as compared to the conventional concrete.