KU Leuven, founded in 1425, is one of Europe’s highest-ranked and most renowned universities. It boasts a long tradition of pioneering research and high-quality education (currently ~ 57,000 students).  KU Leuven has trained in its FP7 and Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions hundreds of young researchers through research acquiring them the necessary skills to transfer their knowledge into the world outside academia. In Horizon 2020, KU Leuven is currently the university with the highest number of Innovative Training Networks, only preceded by CNRS in the overall ranking (Data: Cordis, January 2017).

The Structural Mechanics and Building Materials section of the Technology Cluster Construction of the Department Civil Engineering (KU Leuven) has its concrete laboratories at the Technology Campus in Ghent and is equipped with the state-of-the-art devices for testing the characteristics of cement and alternative binders (laser diffraction, Blaine, Vicat, water demand, etc.), aggregates (sieve analysis, water absorption, density, etc.), fresh concrete properties (consistency, air content, etc.), mechanical properties (e.g. testing machines up to 5000 kN) and durability of concrete (RCT, titration equipment, carbonation chamber, frost-thaw chamber, etc.). Moreover, the group developed software for mix design and service life prediction modelling and uses commercial software for life cycle assessment. 





Self-Healing - Multifunctional - Advanced Repair Technologies in Cementitious Systems