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Understanding Transport for Concrete which is Eco friendly iNnovative and Durable

Understanding Transport for Concrete which is Eco friendly iNnovative and Durable

Objective

Cement is the primary binding phase of concrete. It is millennia old and ubiquitous worldwide. As a building material, it is unrivalled in terms of tonnage used, price per tonne, and CO2 production per tonne. Yet its very success means that cement production account for about 5% of global man-made CO2 emissions.
The cement industry urgently requires more sustainable cement based products with equal or better “performance” to current materials over the life time of buildings and infra-structure (~100 years). Most of the CO2 associated with cement manufacture comes mainly from the breakdown of limestone into calcium oxide and carbon dioxide. Therefore improvements must come from better materials with different chemistries. If the construction industry is to embrace new materials, then it must trust them.
Water transport underpins almost all degradation. Degradation must be understood to ensure durability, which is the major obstacle to the introduction of new, more sustainable cementitious materials. Hence the industry is calling urgently for the researchers with the ability to predict water transport in concretes. Without this, there can be no confidence in the introduction and use of new materials; the status quo based on years of experience but relatively little scientific understanding will prevail for decades to come.
Through the TRANSCEND Initial Training Network we will provide the trained personnel who can.
(i) Enable the construction industry to predict water transport in cements and concretes and hence design appropriate tests to predict concrete degradation.
(ii) Provide a basis for user confidence which enables the cement industry to introduce new more sustainable cements.
The network will closely integrate the academic and private sectors. The later will directly employ 4 of the 15 fellows. The formal training programme will provide the basis for a European doctoral school in Cement and Concrete Science and technology.

Coordinator

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Address

Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 781 716

Administrative Contact

Karen Scrivener (Prof.)

Participants (13)

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Holcim Group Support Ltd

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 525 446

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 281 488

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 225 979

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 261 223

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 261 223

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 246 099

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 261 223

SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 238 461

HEIDELBERGCEMENT AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 222 015

HOLCIM TECHNOLOGY LTD

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 238 461

LAFARGE CENTRE DE RECHERCHE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 246 393

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DES TRANSPORTS, DE L'AMENAGEMENT ET DES RESEAUX

France

EU Contribution

€ 246 393

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 264448

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2010

  • End date

    30 September 2014

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 036 120

  • EU contribution

    € 4 036 120

Coordinated by:

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland