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Partnership for Research in Geopolymer Concretes

Objective

Concrete, owing to its availability, easy preparation and fabrication, is the most popular construction material. However, the cement industry is facing unprecedented challenges caused by energy resources and CO2 emissions. Despite the incremental improvements in process efficiency adopted by the cement industry in recent years, OPC production is still responsible for around 6% of all man-made global carbon emissions. The proposed project aims to develop green concretes by using novel geopolymer materials as new binder and recycled concrete as part of the aggregates. The geopolymer is a type of amorphous alumina-silicate products. It can be synthesized by poly-condensation reaction of geopolymetric precursor and alkali polysilicates, which are available in natural materials or from industrial by-products. Geopolymer materials represent an innovative technology that is generating considerable interest in the construction industry, particularly in light of the ongoing emphasis on sustainability. However, although numerous geopolymer systems have been proposed, most are difficult to work with and require great care in their mixing process. Furthermore, the lack of long-term performance and durability data is also a barrier to the acceptance and widespread commercial use of geopolymer concretes in the construction industry. The proposed research will cover not only the finding of novel geopolymers but also provide long-term performance and durability data for geopolymer concretes used in different environments. The research outcome will have a great impact on our understanding of how geopolymer concretes perform in different environments and how their mechanical properties and performance can be improved by using correct mixing processes. The research will also provide vital information on how to revolutionise the production of concrete materials and how to engineer concrete binders using different geopolymers to tailor the properties of the resulting concrete.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
Address
Drake Circus
PL4 8AA Plymouth
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 180 000

Participants (2)

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Rodney Street 2 Egerton Court
L3 5UX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 157 500
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (4)

UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA PERLIS
Malaysia
Address
Level 1 2 9 10 11 Bangunan Kwsp Jalan Bukti Lagi
01000 Kangar Perlis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF PHAYAO
Thailand
Address
19 Moo 2 Maeka Subdistrict Muang District
56000 Phayao
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
China
Address
Qing Hua Yuan
100084 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Central Research Institute of Building and Construction, MCC Group
China
Address
33 Xitucheng Road, Haidian District
Beijing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)