Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Daniel C. Jansen


A comparison of concrete containing recycled concrete coarse aggregates and natural coarse aggregates subjected to high strain, low cycle compressive fatigue is presented. Using a strain based feedback control loop, concrete cylinders are compressed at 15µε/s to a specified strain then unloaded to zero stress for 10 cycles. After cycling, all samples are loaded to a strain of 0.008. Direct concrete material variables are the water to cement (w/c) ratio, taken as 0.60, 0.45, and 0.39, and percent coarse recycled concrete aggregate content, varied from zero to 100 percent. The primary testing variable is the specified unloading strain. Unloading strains include 60, 75, 90, 100, and 120 percent of the strain at peak stress. Ten batches of concrete were made, generating a total of 224 samples for testing. Findings confirm previous research showing a reduction in strength with increasing recycled concrete coarse aggregate content, an equivalent concrete with only 25 percent replacement of natural coarse aggregates and an equivalent strength concrete with a decrease in the w/c ratio and 100 percent recycled concrete coarse aggregates. Fatigue testing indicates that each cycle’s maximum stress remains unchanged, but the stiffness degrades more rapidly with increasing recycled aggregate content and a constant w/c ratio.