This focus area aims to engineer concretes based on sustainable resources with excellent long-term durability and potential for circularity.
The design of concretes for strength rather than durability increases maintenance costs and limits their lifespans. Using UK mineral wastes in concrete design offers the potential to achieve microstructure features to enhance whole-life performance.
This project, led by Dr Bruno Fernandes, aims to contribute to the engineering of concretes based on sustainable resources with excellent long-term durability and potential for circularity. The project two-folds into two parts:
- The first part investigates the microstructure of concrete made with Recycled Concrete Aggregate and Supplementary Cementitious Materials.
- The second part investigates the effect of those materials in the durability, sustainability and circularity of concrete structures.