The main results of the research project EPOC can be summarized as follows:
- The basis was led for a polymer concrete technology, comparable to that of traditional cement concrete.
- Material laws were developed for the visco-elastic behaviour of the polymer concrete in the hardening state between the gel point and complete crosslinking.
- A model for curing optimization of polymer concrete structural elements for high precision uses was developed and the output was realized in practice.
- A mathematical model was developed which gives the design engineer the computerized tool to optimize polymer concrete structures in respect to high precision dimensional accuracy and stability, mainly in the field of mechanical engineering.
- In the area of civil engineering low cost high performance sandwich structural components were developed and tested which can be assembled to form buildings and load bearing structures.
The aim of the project is to elaborate tools for an optimized polymer concrete technology, including computational methods for element design, strain and stress analysis for different temperature histories during hardening and for external in-service loading. This enable the producers (mainly medium sized companies) to optimize their products, to economize production and to systematize the quality control measures.
This very challenging goal can only be achieved through inter-disciplinary cooperation between chemists, physicists, research engineers and production engineers.
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