Project

Development of efficient and reliable microbial-based self-healing concrete.

Duration
01 October 2014 → 30 September 2018
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Environmental microorganism biotechnology
Keywords
CaCO3 concrete
 
Project description

Self-healing concrete is regarded as a promising solution to reduce high maintenance and repair cost of concrete infrastructure. A microbial-based self-healing strategy is to use microbially induced CaCO3 precipitation to in-situ heal concrete cracks upon formation, which is an environmentally friendly procedure. This project focuses on obtaining a better understanding of the bacterial behavior and on providing efficient self-healing to increase concrete durability.