Study on the characteristics of building bricks produced from reservoir sediment

Kung Yuh Chiang, Kuang Li Chien, Sue Jean Hwang

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This research investigates the feasibility of building bricks produced from reservoir sediment sintering using various sintering temperatures and clay additions. The experimental results indicate that sintered specimen densification occurred at sintering temperatures of 1050-1100 °C. Increasing the sintering temperature decreases the water absorption and increases the shrinkage, density and compressive strength of sintered specimens. The experiments were conducted at a temperature ranged from 1050 to 1150 °C with clay addition contents varying from 0% to 20%. All sintered specimens made from reservoir sediment were in compliance with Taiwan building bricks criteria. This means that raw materials for producing building bricks can be replaced with reservoir sediment. The metals concentrations of the leachate from the toxicity characteristics leaching procedure (TCLP) test are all complying with the current regulatory limits. These results confirm the feasibility of using reservoir sediment to produce sintered construction brick.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-504
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 30 Nov 2008


  • Building brick
  • Reservoir sediment
  • Sintering


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