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Pre-cast Concrete Pile Monitoring from Manufacture to after Installation

Objective

Concrete piles are being used extensively in the civil construction industry, but there are a lot of issues to be addressed in the integrity testing of these piles. The most commonly used concrete piles are the pre-cast concrete piles and the cast in-situ concrete piles. Cast in-situ concrete piles are limited in the length or depth at which it could be cast unlike pre-cast piles (it can be extended to greater depths using mechanical joints). Apart from its advantage in installation depth, pre-cast concrete piles are becoming more preferred because of the decreasing length of the individual pile sections before installation. There are equipments and method available for concrete pile integrity testing that is time and cost effective (e.g. ultrasonic testing), but they have limitations especially when testing pre-cast piles. Therefore, our idea is to produce an innovative quality assurance system to enable a cost effective, efficient and reliable means of monitoring the integrity of pre-cast concrete piles through out its supply chain from manufacturing up until after its installation. The proposed project would involve the development of: · A means of recording and accessing pile information (pile number, batch number, pile location, periodic integrity check results etc) using an embedded ID tag on each pile; · A means of verifying a number of piles used to form a segmented pile has been properly driven (installed) into the ground and can hold a given amount of weight. This would be done by developing an innovative concrete pile manufacturing process to slightly embed a conductive circuit path through the pile common failure areas to allow current passage through the pile, which would allow for the detection of changes in resistivity due to cracks or strain to the concrete pile using an intelligent monitoring technique. This could be a means to verify the possibility of reusing a concrete pile if the case arises.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

BULLIVANT TARANTO LTD
Address
Old Scarva Road Tandragee 2
BT62 2ED Co Armagh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 415 425
Administrative Contact
Simon Bullivant (Mr.)

Participants (6)

THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 10 965
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Danvers (Mr.)
NYSKOPUNARMIDSTOD ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 10 140
Address
Arleyni 2-8
112 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pall Arnason (Mr.)
INGENOR CONSTRUCCIONES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 151 055
Address
Calle Aragon 14-1 H
26500 Calahorra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Fernandez Yecora (Mr.)
RESEAUMATIQUE SA

Participation ended

France
Address
Rue Du Commandant Malrait 1
27303 Bernay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean Pierre Bruneval (Mr.)
IMKO INTELLIGENTE MICROMODULE KOHLER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 582
Address
Im Stock 2
76275 Ettlingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kurt Koehler (Mr.)
HASWELL MOULDING TECHNOLOGIES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 239 872
Address
Rice Bridge Industrial Estate Unit 3 Thorpe Le Soken
CO16 0HH Essex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geoff Haswell (Mr.)