Tire rubber waste represents a huge potential for a new entry on the market through new materials and products. One approach to these new possibilities are small and local solutions, while others represent full scale and international level solutions. In any case, it is necessary to take small steps from local levels in order to achieve global level solutions for the disposal of this type of waste, primarily by giving it new value through new products. Currently, only 5% of the recycled tire rubber waste is being used in construction, with possibilities being much larger. This is one of the reasons why new technologies should be designed so that tires can be recycled more and be used as raw material for the creation of new products. Lately, car tires have found their use in the cement production industry as a replacement energy source, for production of playground surfaces and sports grounds and for various lining and covers. Furthermore, one of the latest tendencies in research is the use of tire rubber waste and its components in concrete production technology. The main goal of the ReCoTip project is the development of new material for application in load-bearing reinforced-concrete structures with improved seismic resistance. Defined project goals will be achieved by establishing a new international research group of young scientists in order to accelerate the establishment of independent research careers after obtaining a PhD. The new research group will conduct scientific research via experimental and numerical methods to prove defined hypothesizes, with strong Organization support. Demonstration of the use of recycled tire powder and fine particles will be carried out in self-compacting concrete, production and testing of structural members (beams and columns) with equivalent mechanical and durability properties as normal self-compacting concrete, and finally development of reinforced-concrete frame with improved earthquake resistance. ReCoTip project will further strengthen scientific and organizational capacity through two new PhD thesis, three master thesis and one postdoctoral specialization. This guarantees the strategic interest of the organization for the successful development of applicants' career and participation in international competitive calls during ReCoTiP project implementation. Following the completion of planned research within the project ReCoTiP, specific recommendations relating to the use and utilization of recycled car tire rubber powder and fine grains will be made and key direction defined for further research with regards to the results achieved by the project.

Project goal

The primary goal is the development of a new material for application in load-bearing reinforced-concrete structures with improved seismic performance.

Basic information

Name of the Program and Call date

Croatian Sceince Foundation, May 2017, Installation Research Projects - UIP-05-2017

Project title

Development of Reinforced Concrete Elements and Systems with Waste Tire Powder



CSF Project code



01.01.2018. – 31.12.2022.

Project value

1.812.175,00 HRK / 243,792,17 €

Sceintific area

Interdisciplinary, Technological sciences

Classification according to ERC

PE8 Physical Sciences and Engineering: Product design, process design and control, construction methods, civil engineering, energy systems, material engineering
PE8_3 Civil engineering, maritime/hydraulic engineering, geotechnics, waste treatment
PE8_9 Materials engineering PE8_12 Sustainable design


Faculty of civil engineering and architecture Osijek

Project manager

Assistant professor Ivana Miličević

Specific goals

O1 Forming a new research group
O2 Exploring the possibilities of using TP in SCC
O3 Defining the optimal mixture of SCC with TP
O4 Investigation of the application of the new material in RC structures through experimental methods
O5 Investigation of the application of the new material in RC structures through numerical methods
O6 Submitting project proposals created by the research group to new funding sources
O7 Project management
O8 Dissemination

Project team members