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Innovative cement-based composites for reducing the embodied energy of civil infrastructure

Project Description

Aim and hypothesis

The proposed research aims to develop concrete mixes that will incorporate non-conventional minerals and traditional recyclable waste as either binders, reinforcement or filler. Utilising concrete technology techniques (e.g. use of admixtures, detailed mix design etc.) the project will aim in the incorporation of high volume minerals and/or waste in the development of mixtures aimed for structural and non-structural applications. For mixes aimed to serve structural applications detailed analysis will aim to verify the robustness and resilience of the waste-contained concretes. In addition, the project will explore the effects associated with the use of waste in the bulk properties of concrete such as: fresh properties, thermal properties and durability behaviour.

Methodology and innovations

The proposed project will be delivered through four work packages (WP) (WP1: Identification and testing of minerals and waste materials; WP2: Development of concrete mixtures; WP3: Assessment of mechanical properties; WP4: Investigation of durability properties). Tests will involve a wide range of experimental techniques from rheology of fresh mixes to evaluation of mechanical/thermal properties and durability characteristics. Besides these macroscale tests, a series of microstructural investigations will be performed (including and not limited to TGA, XRD, SEM, FTIR) to identify the properties of the developed composites.

Application Web Page

Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website at Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects can be seen at

The final deadline for application is 12 April 2019.

Funding Notes

DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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