Development of low energy, thermal and acoustic high performance flowable concrete for use with novel production systems
This project has arisen from a demand by business to develop a ‘green’ concrete for use in a product and aligns with the key aims of the UK Government policy to reduce CO2 as it brings together a Quinn and QUB team to share knowledge and solve problems to develop a thermal/acoustic high performance flowable concrete with adapted rheology with low carbon foot print for use in some innovative products.
The objects are the optimisation of existing mixes and development of thermal high performance flowable concrete with adapted rheology (SCC) with cost-effectiveness and reduction of consumption of energy and carbon foot print. Therefore a major outcome was the cost savings, increase profit margins, improved working environment and transfer of University research into the company.
Impact of Research
The optimisation of existing mixes and use of waste materials will reduce significantly the cost, improve the competitiveness, reduce carbon foot print and potential to be used for new products such as sea defence, agri-culture precast products, lintels, etc. Additionally, the applied research to pre-cast concrete for modular housing could ultimately influence a major change in the marketplace, which would then have industry wide cost savings.
Major grants and funding
Development of sustainable, lower carbon, pre-cast concrete infrastructure FP7-IAPPEirocrete: https://eirocrete.com/
H. Beltagui, M. Sonebi, K. Maguire, S. Taylor “Feasibility of backfilling mines using cement kiln dust, fly ash, and cement blends”, Proceedings in Materials Science, Engineering and Chemistry, MATEC Web of Conferences 149, 01072 (2018), 5p., https://doi.org/10.1051/matecconf/201814901072.
Beltagui, H., Sonebi, M., Taylor, S., The impact of mix design and materials on the microstructure of autoclaved aerated concrete blocks, 37th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, CCS37, 11-12 Sep. 2017, pp. 75-78.
Beltagui H., Sonebi M., Maguire K., Taylor S. “Utilisation of cement kiln dust for the activation of fly ash in low strength applications composition”, Proceedings of 2nd ICBBM (PRO 119), Clermont-Ferrand, 21-23 June 2017, pp. 569-573, e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-192-6.
Prof Su Taylor (PI, QUB)
Prof M Sonebi (Co-I, QUB)
Dr Hoda Beltagui, KTP Associate, Quinn Building Products (formerly), now Mannock, https://www.mannokbuild.com
Kevin Maguire, Supervisor, Quinn Building Products (formerly), now Mannock, https://www.mannokbuild.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
Wastes from cement product such as Flue dust Portland cement
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Keywords associated with the Research
Carbon foot print, Flue dust Portland cement, Autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), AAC waste
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