Published:January 01, 2001
Aggregates are defined here as particles of rock which, when brought together in a bound or unbound condition, form part or the whole of an engineering or building structure.
Natural sand, gravel and crushed rock aggregates are fundamental to the man-made environment and represent a large proportion of the materials used in the construction industry. Re-use of aggregates has become a more common practice and the substitution of natural aggregates by artificial aggregates made from waste products of other industries is a small part of the industry.
Production of aggregates for civil engineering and building construction is one of the world’s major industries. Quarrying is the largest industry in terms of tonnage of output (but not value) in the United Kingdom and even in 1985, production was two and a half times that of coal. With the closure of so many deep coal mines in 1999 this figure was nearly seven times larger.
Consumption of aggregates has more than doubled over forty years from 100 million tonnes in 1959 to between 200 and 300 million tonnes per annum throughout the last decade (see Fig. 1.1). Sand and gravel production in 1959 was 67% of the total with crushed rock providing the balance of 33%. By 1998 this situation had changed significantly with crushed rock production increasing substantially to 132 million tonnes (60%) and sand and gravel only to 86 million tonnes (40%).
In 1989, growth in demand was strong and a compound growth rate of 3% was forecast
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Aggregates: Sand, gravel and crushed rock aggregates for construction purposes
In 1985, the Geological Society published Aggregates as the first volume in its Engineering Geology Special Publication series. It met with immediate acclaim, being awarded the Brewis Trophy by SAGA in 1986.
“If your work involves the use of aggregates, buy this book and read no further; this volume will be an essential and valuable reference that you will use for many years.” (Canadian Geotechnical Journal 1988)
In 1989, the working party whose work had resulted in the publication of Aggregates was reconvened to revise, update and extend their report. Each chapter was reviewed by independent referees. The second and greatly improved edition, published in 1993 and reprinted in 1998, represented the distillation of a vast body of knowledge and experience held not only by the members of the working party, but also by many international experts, scientists and engineers who contributed as reviewers, referees and corresponding authors.
Owing to continued demand for this unique reference book, a group of aggregate specialists was convened in 1999 in order to review thoroughly and update Aggregates for this third edition.
Outline of contents: Introduction; Occurrences; Field investigations; Extraction; Processing; Classification; Testing; Aggregates for concrete; Aggregates for mortar; Unbound aggregates; Bituminous bound aggregates; Rail ballast; Filter media; Appendix: Aggregate properties; Glossary; Index.
Working Party Members and/or third edition Reviewers: Mr L. Collis (formerly Sandberg); Professor P. G. Fookes (Chairman; consulting engineering geologist), Mr R. A. Fox (formerly RMC Aggregates (UK) Ltd), Professor G. P. Hammersley (formerly Laing Technology Group, now BRE), Mr P. M. Harris (formerly BGS), Dr I. E. Higginbottom (formerly Wimpey Environmental Ltd), Mr J. Lay (RMC Aggregates (UK) Ltd), Dr G. Lees (formerly University of Birmingham), Mr D. I. Roberts (Land and Mineral Resource consultants), Mr A. R. Roeder (formerly British Cement Association), Dr I. Sims (Secretary; formerly Sandberg, now STATS Limited), Dr M. R. Smith (formerly Imperial College, now the Institute of Quarrying), Dr R. G. Thurrell (formerly BGS), Dr G. West (formerly TRL).