Desert Sand Dunes for a Sustainable Sulfur Concrete Production in Arid Lands

Abdel-Mohsen Onsy Mohamed and Maisa Mabrouk El Gamal
UAE University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI026000



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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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The strength and stability of desert sand dunes present challenging problems to geotechnical engineers. To overcome these problems, sulfur concrete as a new material was developed and evaluated in view of its microstructure, physical, thermal, mechanical, hydraulic and chemical properties. Sulfur is used as the main binding material in sulfur concrete for years. The use of elemental sulfur with aggregates to manufacture sulfur concrete encountered problems due to the complex nature of sulfur chemistry.

While initially excellent strength properties were obtained, over a short period of time the material would fail. However, eventually it will convert to a brittle orthorhombic crystal structure with poor strength characteristics. This book examines the modification of elemental sulfur and discusses how the key to this modification came with the discovery of a novel technique to treat sulfur by preventing the allotropic transformation. (Imprint: Nova)


1. Introduction

2. Bitumen modified sulfur concrete (BMSC)




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