Effects of Sugarcane Wastewater Utilization in Concrete Fabrication for Irrigation Channel Coverage

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Hydraulic Structures, Faculty of Water and Environmental Engineering, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran.

2 Ph.D. Candidate in Civil Engineering, Water and Hydraulic Structures, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran.


The quality of water can significantly affect concrete properties, including ultimate strength and efficiency. The present work provides a feasibility study of utilizing sugarcane wastewater in the fabrication of concrete for covering irrigation channels. Three other water types, including reverse osmosis (RO) water for the fabrication of the control specimen, tap water, and river water, were employed for comparison purposes. The specimens fabricated using different waste types were maintained within a concrete curing pond for 7, 14, and 28 days. The results showed that the resistance of samples prepared with sugarcane wastewater increased up to 14 days and then decreased resistance by 32%. The use of sugarcane wastewater reduced the efficiency of concrete by up to 75% compared to the use of treated water. Concrete prepared with sugarcane wastewater can be used to fill existing cavities caused by reinforcement in hydraulic structures.


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Volume 43, Issue 4
March 2021
Pages 15-22
  • Receive Date: 25 November 2020
  • Revise Date: 27 January 2021
  • Accept Date: 01 February 2021
  • Publish Date: 21 December 2020