Adopting recycled aggregates as sustainable construction materials: A review of the scientific literature

Wei Chen, Ruoyu Jin, Yidong Xu, Dariusz Wanatowski, Bo Li, Libo Yan, Zhihong Pan, Yang Yang

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Adopting a holistic three-step literature review workflow, a total of 1,639 journal articles were used in this study as the literature sample related to recycled aggregate (RA). This study summarized the existing research topics focusing on RA, gaps of current research, suggestions for promoting RA usage, and research directions for future work. A research framework was also proposed linking the existing research themes into trends in RA research. This review work serves as a foundation work to bridge the gap between scientific research and industry practice, as well as to guide the directions in RA-related academic work using an interdisciplinary approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-496
Number of pages14
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2019



  • Circular economy
  • Construction waste
  • Literature review
  • Recycled aggregate
  • Sustainable concrete

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