WP2 - Material Characterisation of Recycled Concrete Aggregates (RCAs) and Recycled Aggregate Concretes (RACs) 

Objectives: 

(i) To investigate both the microstructure organisation and macro-mechanical properties of RCA and to develop statistical analysis models for material characterisation of RCA.
(ii) To investigate and develop suitable testing methods for characterizing and controlling the quality of RCA.
(iii) To investigate the microstructure organisation of recycled aggregate concretes and to examine the distributions of both the old ITZs (between old mortar and old aggregate in RCA) and new ITZs (between new mortar and RCA) in recycled aggregate concretes.
(iv) To investigate the influence of RCA on the workability and mechanical properties (such as compressive strength, splitting tensile strength, elastic modulus, shrinkage, creep, etc.) of recycled aggregate concrete mixes.

Tailor-made Recycled Aggregate Concrete (TRAC) is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº777823. The aim of this project is to develop tailor-made concretes by using recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) for structural applications to promote the increased use of RCA in civil infrastructure projects, particularly in marine environment which is currently restricted. This RISE project will bring together an international team of researchers with a wide variety of skills in concrete research, to tackle the challenges faced by the construction industry. The project involves five partners (two from the Europe and three from the third countries) with an extensive exchange of researchers over four years (1 July 2018 - 30 June 2022). 

Contact >

Dr Shanshan Cheng

009 Reynolds Building

School of Engineering

University of Plymouth

Plymouth, UK

PL4 8AA

T: +44 (0) 1752 586112

E: shanshan.cheng@plymouth.ac.uk

© 2018 TRAC Project

About the Project >

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº777823

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