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PAVEZ, Osvaldo; GONZALEZ, Luis; VEGA, Hernán  e  ROJAS, Eduardo. Copper tailings in stucco mortars. REM, Int. Eng. J. [online]. 2016, vol.69, n.3, pp.333-339. ISSN 2448-167X.

This investigation addressed the evaluation of the use of copper tailings in the construction industry in order to reduce the impact on the environment. The evaluation was performed by a technical comparison between stucco mortars prepared with crushed conventional sand and with copper tailings sand. The best results were achieved with the stucco mortars containing tailings. The tailings presented a fine particles size distribution curve different from that suggested by the standard. The values of compressive strength, retentivity, and adherence in the stucco mortars prepared with copper tailings were much higher than those obtained with crushed sand. According to the results from this study, it can be concluded that the preparation of stucco mortars using copper tailings replacing conventional sand is a technically feasible alternative for the construction industry, presenting the benefit of mitigating the impact of disposal to the environment.

Palavras-chave : copper tailings; stucco; compression strength; construction; environment.

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