Self-healing concrete research in the European projects SARCOS and SMARTINCS
1 Magnel-Vandepitte Laboratory for Structural Engineering and Building Materials, Ghent University, Belgium
2 Inorganic Chemistry Department, University of Córdoba, Spain
3 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
4 Department of Civil Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium
Abstract. Self-healing concrete and preventive repair of structures will slow down the development of cracks and/or arrest the ingress of aggressive agents. When the cracks are closed or a decrease in crack width is achieved, this will be associated with improved durability of the structure. This paper describes the literature review and inter-laboratory comparison carried out within the COST Action CA15202 (SARCOS), as well as the research planned within the recently started International Training Network SMARTINCS.
Keywords: Self-healing Concrete, Repair, Durability, Healing Efficiency
As Riccardo Maddalena and Diane Gardner report, self-healing concrete represents an environmentally-friendly choice, for increasing the service life of a structure, and reducing its overall maintenance and the subsequent usage of concrete.