Sustainable reuse of pre-treated drill cuttings (a hazardous waste) as part substitute for fine aggregate in concrete for construction purposes is becoming increasingly attractive; however, issues remain. With recent studies focusing on the use of near-infrared spectroscopic technique for non-invasive determination of chloride concentration in concrete structures, this review examines the applicability of this new technique in the rapid determination of other equally important physicochemical characteristics of concrete produced with this hazardous waste. The nature, source, composition, ecological effects of, and management options for drill cuttings are reviewed. Furthermore, the principles of near-infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy are highlighted and lessons from its practical applications in soil science and petrochemical, environmental, and civil engineering are discussed. A framework for a rapid near-infrared analysis of concrete produced with pre-treated drill cuttings for enhanced sustainability as a construction material is also proposed.
Key words: Characterization, concrete, drill cuttings, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy.
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