Development of highly durable, low impact, self-compacting marine concrete mix designs
The overall goal of the research project is to develop highly durable, corrosion resistant concrete mix designs for use in the creation of marine infrastructure. These will be self-compacting to increase production quality and efficiency and as such must have tightly controlled fresh properties to prevent segregation or improper consolidation. Throughout the project it will be vital to embed the knowledge gained back into the company through educating staff and creating suitable methodologies for future mix development.
The project team is composed of Moore Concrete Products Ltd staff including the KTP associate Luke Oakes and technical manager Adeline McCartney; and QUB staff including Dr Mohamed Sonebi (PI, QUB) and Dr Giuseppina Amato (Co-I, QUB).
Impact of Research
This project aims to allow Moore Concrete to be at the forefront of the development of new, cost effective marine infrastructure with extremely high durability and corrosion resistance. This will be achieved by investigating the influence of important mixture parameters on concrete performance and then creating suitable mix design methodologies using the knowledge base of QUB and the research skills of the KTP associate to produce optimised marine mix designs.
The project will create a distinct business advantage for Moore; the ability to produce marine mix designs with world leading performance and sustainability. This will allow the company to attract and complete more large marine contracts, increase their reputation in this area and increase overall revenue generation.
L. Oakes, M. Sonebi, A. McCartney, G. Amato “Mix design and optimisation of marine concrete containing GGBS” in the proceedings of 4th International Conference on Bio-Based Building Materials June 16th - 18th 2021 in Barcelona, Spain.
Queens University Belfast
Moore Concrete Products, https://www.moore-concrete.com/
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact (reduce carbon foot print).
The marine concrete mix designs created in this project will use large proportions of supplementary cementitious materials and non-corrosive plastic fibre reinforcement to create highly durable products with extremely long-life spans. This project also investigates the suitability of various waste materials such as recycled wash water and novel aggregates for use in marine concrete and ascertains the impact these would have on properties and performance.
The combination of an extremely low impact but highly durable binder composition, intelligent use of waste materials and non-corrosive reinforcement will enable the creation of long-lasting marine infrastructure with extremely low cradle to grave emissions and environmental impact.
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Keywords associated with the Research
Marine, Concrete, SCC, durability, fresh properties, compressive strength, mix design, supplementary cementitious materials, low impact, pre-cast, factorial, optimisation.
Contact Details / Social Media
- Luke Oakes: email@example.com
- Adeline McCartney: Adeline.McCartney@moore-concrete.com
- Mohamed Sonebi: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr Giuseppina Amato: email@example.com