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Self-healing concrete to create durable and sustainable concrete structures

Objective

"Within the call “Self-healing materials for prolonged lifetime”, self-healing concrete is an important topic. Adequate perpetuation of the road, tunnel and bridge network, is crucial to preserving European cohesion and business operations; and around 70% of this infrastructure is made of concrete. In order to guarantee liquid tightness of concrete structures, and enhance durability of elements prone to bending cracks, smart concrete with self-healing properties will be designed. Thanks to the existing expertise of the consortium in the field of self-healing concrete at a lab scale, a thoughtful selection of promising techniques is possible. For early age cracks a non-elastic repair material can be proposed, such as calcium carbonate precipitated by bacteria, or new cement hydrates of which the formation is stimulated by the presence of hydrogels. For moving cracks under dynamic load, an elastic polymeric healing agent is suggested. Different healing agents and encapsulation techniques are tested and scaled up. Self-healing efficiency is evaluated in lab-scale tests using purposefully adapted monitoring techniques, and optimized with the help of suitable computer models. Finally the efficiency is validated in a large scale lab test and implemented in an actual concrete structure. Life-cycle cost analysis will show the impact of the self-healing technologies on economy, society and environment compared to traditional construction methods."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 643 360
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)

Participants (12)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Hätelä (Mrs.)
AVECOM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 265 440
Address
Industrieweg 122P
9032 Gent-wondelgem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rik Daneels (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 504 174
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maarten De Groot (Mr.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 296 130
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Paris Torres (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 448 740
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katrin Hörmann (Ms.)
TTI-TECHNOLOGIE-TRANSFER-INITIATIVEGMBH AN DER UNIVERSITAT STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 248 768
Address
Nobelstrasse 15
70569 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Krüger (Dr.)
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
Finland
EU contribution
€ 454 635
Address
Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Hätelä (Mrs.)
COWI AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 127 202
Address
Parallelvej 2
2800 Kongens Lyngby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carola Katharina Edvardsen (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 210 180
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dorthe Mathiesen (Dr.)
INNCEINNMAT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 338 600
Address
Avenida Ferrandis Salvador 5 Entlo 6
12100 Castellon De La Plana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alejandro Arizo (Mr.)
DEVAN-MICROPOLIS S.A.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 258 360
Address
Rua Eng Frederico Ulr 2650
4470 605 Maia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrice Vandendaele (Mr.)
FESCON OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 201 840
Address
Myllykatu 3
05830 Hyvinkaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raimo Niemelä (Mr.)