Concrete and Earthquake Engineering - Research Projects

Current Projects:

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Post-earthquake Disaster and Risk Management through a Rapid Response Framework for Industrial Zones in Turkey

Rapid Earthquake Risk Assessment and Post-Earthquake Disaster Management Framework for Substandard Buildings in Turkey

ReTyFiCo : Re-use of waste fibres in concrete construction

The Concrete and Earthquake Engineering (CEE) group secured a Newton Fund Institutional Links grant for a two-year project on ‘Post-earthquake Disaster and Risk Management through a Rapid Response Framework for Industrial Zones in Turkey’.

Substandard structures account for a large proportion of the building stock in many large urban areas of developing countries. Such highly vulnerable structures have experienced catastrophic damage during major earthquakes in the past, leading to extensive human, economic and societal losses.

The Brazilian construction industry consumes about 32,750 tonnes of steel and polymer fibres every year for use in concrete as a reinforcement or admixture. Meanwhile, an estimated 24,836 tonnes of steel wire and polymer fibre are recovered annually from end-of-life tyres as by-products of tyre recycling.

Recent Projects:

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Marie Curie Initial Training Network

COST Action TU1207


The aim of the network was to train a new generation of researchers in the use of advanced composites for construction so as to develop and maintain a critical mass of re-search groups that will address the main scientific challenges in the field...

Action TU1207 leverages the already large amount of work carried out on the use of composite reinforcement for structural applications by individual research teams and existing learned groups.

The aim of Anagennisi was to develop innovative solutions to reuse all tyre components in high value innovative concrete applications with reduced environmental impact.

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Clean steel

Marie Curie Research Training Network

Seismic-Resistant Highly Deformable Structures SHDS

This project will yield new processes and products that restore full value to significant volumes of waste tyre steel cord whilst generating a 96% saving in energy over that used to manufacture conventional steel fibre reinforcement.

The project comprises a cohesive and complementary team of top experts in the field from 9 different countries, having the majority of participants from Industry, EU less favoured regions and Associated states.

This project will focus on the development and verification of a novel seismic-resistant highly deformable reinforced concrete structure.

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Reuse of Tyre Fibres for Fire-Spalling-Proof Concrete (IGNIS)

Sustainable Fire-Spalling-Resistant Concrete (SusFire)

Innovative REtrofitting of Substandard Construction - IRESCO

This research aims to develop a better understanding of the complex mechanism behind fire spalling as well as a novel sustainable spalling-mitigation solution by using waste fibres recovered from end-of-life tyres. The fire spalling risk will be investigated through high-temperature slab tests. The test data will be used to develop a predictive numerical model.

This project is funded by EPSRC aiming at developing an improved understanding of fire-induced spalling of modern high-performance concrete, and finding a sustainable spalling-mitigation solution by using fibres recovered from end-of-life tyres.

This project aims to develop an innovative and economic strengthening solution by using a novel mortar-based composite (R-SRG), which comprises of recycled high strength steel cords, by-product of tyre recycling, embedded in an inorganic grout matrix.