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PhD Training Network on Durable, Reliable and Sustainable Structures with Alkali-Activated Materials

PhD Training Network on Durable, Reliable and Sustainable Structures with Alkali-Activated Materials

Objective

DuRSAAM is a collaborative PhD framework creating a critical mass of experts skilled in innovative alkali-activated material (AAM) concrete, as a key enabling technology for a sustainable and resilient built environment. AAM technology presents a new generation of materials, ideally conceived to respond to the need for more efficient, durable, eco-friendly and reliable construction, and utilizing by-product resources as raw materials. Modern concrete will be produced with low carbon footprint (CO2 emissions reduced by 80%), lower energy consumption and reduced use of primary resources (>1.5 t raw materials are quarried per t Portland cement clinker; this will be reduced by >60%), and with an addressable market for AAM binders of 5 B€/yr. DuRSAAM answers unmet industry demands, to facilitate emerging AAM technology for continued market entry and to unlock its potential in society.
The consortium brings together 7 academic and 15 non-academic partners, to excel in the scientific development and exploitation of AAM concrete, advancing design, modelling and practice beyond the state-of-the-art. It holds a unique focus on: (1) today’s concerns of users and engineers that the durability and sustainability of AAM concrete is yet insufficiently quantified; and (2) provision of an AAM technology for rehabilitation of structures to meet the growing demand for renovation, to be developed in parallel with AAM for new concrete structures.
The network will deliver world-leading training in this multidisciplinary field through 13 PhDs in interrelated aspects of AAM concrete, fibre reinforced high-performance concrete, and textile-reinforced mortar, as well as sustainability assessment. The outcomes will be instrumental in delivering a sustainable future in Europe’s construction industry, which is increasingly driven by the growing demand for durable yet cost-effective solutions, driving a greater focus on reliable and comprehensive eco-efficient material technologies such as AAM.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Address

Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 512 640

Participants (6)

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 531 239,76

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 505 576,80

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 606 345,12

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU GRADEVINSKI FAKULTET

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 474 734,16

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 486 035,28

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 281 276,64

Partners (15)

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GRADMONT DOO ZA GRADEVINARSTVO INZENJERING PROMET I USLUGE GRADACAC

ARCELORMITTAL BELGIUM NV

NV BEKAERT SA

GEMEENTE ROTTERDAM

OCV CHAMBERY INTERNATIONAL

FDN Engineering BV

RESOURCEFULL

VLAAMS GEWEST

SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG

CEMENTOS ARGOS SA

Sanacon

AURUBIS BULGARIA AD

TECHNIKI EPISKEVASTIKI KE KATASKEVASTIKI ETEREIA PERIORISMENIS EVTHINIS

INSTITUTE OF APPLIED ECONOMICS APS

CRH NEDERLAND BV

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 813596

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2018

  • End date

    31 October 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 397 847,76

  • EU contribution

    € 3 397 847,76

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium