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SMARTINCS will implement new life-cycle thinking and durability-based approaches to the concept and design of concrete structures, with self-healing concrete, repair mortars and grouts as key enabling technologies. This will create a breakthrough in the current practice of the construction industry, which is characterized by huge economic costs related to inspection, maintenance, repair and eventually demolition activities and additional indirect costs caused by traffic congestions during maintenance and environmental effects.
In the framework of the COST Action SARCOS, Tim Van Mullem coordinated an inter-laboratory study with the aim of paving the way for standard testing methods to assess the self-healing efficiency of concrete. Six different European universities participated in this study, four of which are SMARTINCS members. The inter-laboratory study focused on concrete and mortar with macrocapsules (filled with polyurethane).
The results have been published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials and can be found here: Addressing the need for standardization of test methods for self-healing concrete: an inter-laboratory study on concrete with macrocapsules
Self-Healing - Multifunctional - Advanced Repair Technologies in Cementitious Systems