Effect of tunable hydrogels on concrete microstructure, moisture properties, sealing and self-healing of cracks

01 January 2012 → 31 December 2017
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Structural engineering
    • Other civil and building engineering
    • Process engineering
    • Ceramic and glass materials
    • Materials science and engineering
    • Polymeric materials
    • Semiconductor materials
    • Other materials engineering
self-healing superabsorbing polymers concrete hydrogel
Project description

Superabsorbing polymers or hydrogels are used to change the pore structure of concrete and to introduce self-healing characteristics. Hydrogels can absorb a significant amount of water and release it slowly, depending on the surrounding humidity. The main objectives are to elucidate the interaction between hydrogels and cementitious materials and to modify hydrogels to induce optimal self-healing capacities in concrete.