The SUPERCONCRETE (SUstainability-driven international/intersectoral Partnership for Education and Research on modelling next generation CONCRETE) is an EU-Horizon 2020 project (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014), and focuses on three classes of “next generation” concretes, whose development is currently going on in scientific laboratories, as they appear to be most attractive for making concrete more sustainable and durable. Particularly, an innovative and more unified classification will be adopted herein: Low Carbon Concrete (LCC), considering concrete conceived with an eye towards reducing the environmental impact of material supply and processing procedures, High-Class Concrete (HCC), encompassing those concrete designed to have high-strength/durability/performance properties and Fibre-reinforced Cementitious Composites (FCC), intended at supplementing the low tensile strength and brittleness of cementitious matrices by enclosing an internal reinforcement made of either randomly discrete fibres.
The project will be run by a consortium consisting of the following nine Institutions:
- University of Salerno, UniSA (Academic Institution, Italy),
- Technical University of Darmstadt, TUDa (Academic Institution, Germany)
- Delft University of Technology, TUDelft (Academic Institution, The Netherlands);
- University of Minho, UMinho (Academic Institution, Portugal);
- Tecnalia, TEC (Academic Institution, Research Foundation, Spain);
- Gesellschaft für Materialforschung und Prüfungsanstalt für das Bauwesen Leipzig mbH, MFPA (Enterprise, Germany);
- University of Michigan, UMich (Academic Institution, United States of America);
- University of Buenos Aires, UBA (Academic Institution, Argentina)
- Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ (Academic Institution, Brazil).
With this consortium, the project foresees both Internationalexchanges (between European Beneficiaries and Non-European Partners) as well as in Intersectoral collaboration (between Academic and non-Academic beneficiary Institutions). As a matter of fact, each participant brings a specific competence into the consortium, on either one of the three aforementioned classes of next generation concretes or on one the three relevant life stages, and represents the complementary vision of the project objectives. The transfer of „next generation“ knowledge to be achieved is, in itself, considered as a key objective for the activities planned in this project. Particularly, a master course will be prepared and delivered via an e-learning platform to both students of the partner universities in the consortium and/or to any other student/professional who is possibly interested in the subject of this research. Furthermore, the transfer of knowledge action will therefore also be complemented by a textbook that will address the main contributions of the participants, and is constituting the key deliverable of the present project.
- Superconcrete website: www.superconcrete-h2020.unisa.it
- EU-Cordis: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/194367_en.html