Project

Self-healing, Multifunctional, Advanced Repair Technologies IN Cementitious Systems

Acronym
SMARTINCS
Duration
01 December 2019 → Ongoing
Funding
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Building technology
    • Construction materials
    • Construction materials technology
    • Life cycle analysis of construction materials
Keywords
concrete self-healing repair mortar
 
Project description

SMARTINCS will train a new generation of entrepreneurial early-stage researchers (ESR) in prevention of deterioration of (i) new concrete infrastructure by innovative, multifunctional self-healing strategies; (ii) existing concrete infrastructure by advanced repair technologies. The project brings together the expertise of research institutes pioneering in smart cementitious materials, strengthened by leading companies along the SMARTINCS value chain, as well as certification and pre-standardization agencies. They will train 15 ESRs to respond to the clear demand to implement new life-cycle thinking and durability-based approaches to the design of concrete structures, minimizing the use of resources and production of waste in line with Europe’ Circular Economy strategy. The new generation of researchers will be immediately employable to support the introduction of the novel technologies allowing the expected spectacular growth of the self-healing materials market to take place. By combined experimental research and coupled multiscale models, SMARTINCS moves beyond the state-of-the-art with respect to (1) the efficiency of self-healing concrete, at acceptable cost for real-scale applications; (2) the multi-functionality (corrosion inhibition, self-sensing) of the self-healing solutions, tailored to specific environments; (3) the technologies for local application of healing agents in high risk zones or in high value grouts and repair products. All ESR will receive an extensive entrepreneurial training including the development of dedicated business models. Together with the implementation of self-healing technologies in design codes and service life models and a full assessment of sustainability, the introduction of the novel technologies in the market will be facilitated, improving the European innovation capacity.An adequate gender balance of supervisors and trainers, should persuade female scientists to aspire leading positions in technology and engineering.