Durability-based design of advanced cement-based materials in aggressive environments: a holistic approach

The educational and technical training is addressed to PhD students, researchers, academics, engineering and industry professionals working with advanced cement based materials from both material and structural point of view.

START DATE: May 11, 2020


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UHPC/UHPFRC: material concept and structural design

It shows some initial aspects related with the materials, composition, mix design, properties and characterization of the properties of a UHPFRC. The material behaviour at fresh and hardened state is considered, and typing recommendation for the material are exposed. General design criteria, both at sectional and structural level are commented thinking in present the basis to adapt to the particular requirements.
Examples of real applications in the international experience and others to expose or demonstrate the interest of good specific conditions of the material to be compared with traditional constructions.

Civil Engineer - Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) in 1978. Dr. Civil Engineer by the UPV in 1984, and by L'Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées de Paris. Professor at the UPV since October 1979. Full Professor at the UPV since 2003.

Supervisor of 21 doctoral theses. Participation in 20 competitive projects as main researcher. Author of more than 100 articles in scientific journal and 200 in Congress. Reviewer in multiple technical journals.

Main lines of research:
concretes technology: fiber, high and very high strength, self-compacting, recycled, self haling. mix design criteria, and structural analysis (shear, ductility, bond).
The point of view from which these materials are contemplated covers from its conception, basic study of dosage criteria and application technology, (robustness in self-compacting concretes, methods of dosing of concretes with fibers) or relative to its properties (HAR ductility, adhesion of reinforcements to concrete, properties in the fresh state). But also in structural analysis (with extensive studies on shear behavior in both HAC and HF). Work has also been carried out in shotcrete. Design of new test methods related to the properties of special concretes. Patented for the ECADA test method for adhesion of concrete.
for the first applications of structural fiber concrete in Spain and a reference in the world. The construction of the roofs of the Oceanographic restaurant was a reference worldwide, both for its concept, for the criteria of structural design and for the applied technology. Likewise, the construction of the footbridges made of UHPFRC were the first in Spain and they have justified being invited to a presentation at the FIB-ACI Congress on H with fibers at Montreal 2014.
Collaborator in the introduction of these materials in codes, instructions and regulations: As a member of WG 4.1. of the FIB has collaborated in the drafting of the section of fiber concrete of the Model Code,
in the annexes 14 and 18 of the Spanish Instruction on Concrete (Fiber concrete and self compacting concrete).
of the technical committee standardization CTN 83 - Concrete - AENOR. Chairman of the Technical Subcommittee of Standardization SC5 fiber concrete of CTN83. Representative for Spain in WG 11 (fiber material) of TC 104 of the CEN (European Committee for Standardization).
of the RILEM Technical Committee – CCF 261 on Creep behavior in Cracked Sections of Fiber Reinforced Concrete.
of the series of Ibero-American congresses on HAC and since then he is a member of the organizing and scientific committee in the sessions 2008 - 2010 - 2012 - 2015, and organizer for 2018.
of the scientific committee of the congresses BEFIB of the RILEM in 2008 - 2012 – 2016 and will be the organizer for the BEFIB 2020 in Valencia.

He has also been a member of the scientific committee of several other national and international congresses.

TRC: material concept and structural design

The presentation provides a general overview on Textile Reinforce Concrete (TRC), including motivation of using this technology, possible fabric materials, textile geometry, and matrix types. The main focus of the presentation is on durability concerns of TRC elements, specifically on their cracking behavior including crack healing, water permeability, and their resistance to aggressive environmental exposure reach with Cl- ions

Alva Peled

Alva Peled is a full professor and the head of the Structural Engineering Department Ben Gurion University Israel. Her main research areas are on high-performance cement and concrete composite materials, and particularly textile reinforced concrete (TRC) are also important part in her research interest and activities, focused on advanced processing, bonding, durability and micro and nano structure of those materials. She also works on advanced building materials including sustainable materials, geopolymer and hempcrete, as well as development of new advanced building materials with nanomaterials such as graphene and nanotubes. She is a member of several international professional committees including RILEM, ACI, as well as a member in COST Action CA15202, on Self-healing As preventive Repair of COncrete Structures.

UHDC to enhance the durability of structures. Testing and identification of parameters

The talk deals with the relevance role of concrete characteristics to improve the durability of concrete structures. Concrete innovation and challenges in the 21st century are addressed. The evolution of concrete technology and the incorporation of new additives to reach ultra-high durability concretes is analysed and compare with respect to more conventional concretes. Aspects considered are related to the relevant parameters that characterise the durability of concrete according to the aggressiveness of the environment under operation. Key performance indicators for the durability assessment are under evaluation. Concrete technology plus the incorporation of suitable concrete constituents to enhance concrete durability, in concrete to resist the aggressiveness of the environment, in reinforcement to prevent from corrosion and crack control to improve durability through crack sealing.

María Cruz Alonso

Doctor on Chemistry.
Main areas of research: Reinforcement Corrosion (Electrochemical Techniques in the laboratory and on-site, Cl transport and Cl threshold, parameter affecting rebar corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, corrosion protection measure, inhibitors, galvanized, stainless steel, the service life of damaged concrete structures affected by corrosion of reinforcements). Concrete Durability (Storage of low, medium and high radioactive waste, fire-resistance of concrete, the durability of concrete to water and acid media, concrete in extreme environments, nanomaterials, self-functionalities).
A large number of publications in international and high top journals and participating in congresses related to the area of construction and corrosion of metals. Highly involved in develop of standards and participation in committees at national and European level as, RILEM, AENOR. EU projects involved from H2020, LORCENIS, NEWSOL, CEBAMA, RESHEALIENCE, SARCOS, PREDIS and SMARTINCS.


Principles of durability based design

The presentation will provide the description of the framework and methodology for Durability Assessment based Design approach for structures made of/retrofitted with the Ultra High Durability Concrete materials conceived, produced and investigated in the project ReSHEALience.
The innovative design concept informing the whole approach will be formulated shifting from a set of prescriptions, mainly referring to material composition and also including, in case, an allowable level of damage defined and quantified in order not to compromise the intended level of “passive” protection of sensitive material and structural parts (deemed-to-satisfy approach; – avoidance-of-deterioration approach),  to the prediction of the evolution of the serviceability and ultimate limit state performance indicators, as relevant to the application, as a function of scenario-based aging and degradation mechanisms.

Liberato Ferrara

Liberato Ferrara is associate professor of Structural Analysis and Design and holds the Italian National qualification to full professor. He has been Fulbright visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Cement Based Materials, Northwestern University, IL, USA and is visiting professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, PRC. He is currently chair of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) TC 544-Fiber Reinforced Concrete and member of several other technical committees in ACI, Rilem and fib. His research interest span over the material concept, characterization, modelling and structural applications of advanced cement based materials.
He is coordinator of the H2020 project ReSHEALience (GA 760824): Rethinking coastal defence and green energy service infrastructures through enhanced durability high-performance fiber reinforced cement based materials, deputy coordinator of the H2020 ITN SMARTINCS (H2020 GA 86006): Self-healing multifunctional advanced repair technologies in cementitious systems and also involved, as WP leader, in the recently funded H2020 project MINRESCUE (H2020 project 899518): From mining waste to valuable resource: new concepts for a circular economy.
He is Italian representative in the COST Action 15020 SARCOS- Self healing as preventive repair in concrete structures. Author of more than 50 peer-reviewed journal papers, 3 book chapters and more than 200 conference papers and co-editor of 1 book on sustainable cement based materials (Springer, June 2017), he has given seminar talks in about 50 universities worldwide, has (co)supervised 6 PhD students and has served in more than 10 PhD defense committees in Italy and abroad.

Principles of LCA

The presentation deals with the methodology for assessing the environmental sustaibility of products/services, according to the ISO 14040 and ISO 14044. Furthermore, a description of the software for performing LCA studies is provided and some case studies are presented.

Master Degree in Structural and Geothecnical Engineering at University of Naples "Federico II". Specialization in "Environmental assessment tools for sustainability". Traineeship on the "Development of the Sustainable Structural Design (SSD) methodology for territorial applications" at the Joint Research Center (European Commission) - Directorate E - Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizens. Research activities at the Department of Structures for engineering and architecture of University of Naples “Federico II”, on LCA assessment of buildings and building structures. Consultancy activities on sustainability and buildings vulnerability. From February 2019, researcher at Stress Scarl. Environmental, economic and social sustainability assessment of products developed within EU Funded Projects.

Case study 1: Offshore floating platform for wind turbine based on UHDC

The presentation compiles the information to understand the interest and motivation of Rover maritime in developing the prototype that is a Concrete Floating Platform for offshore wind turbines. This presentation also shows the details about the design, construction and assembly of this prototype and the characteristics that are going to be monitored during marine exposure.

Cristina Suesta

Cristina Suesta got a degree in Chemical Engineer at Polytechnic University of Valencia and tow mastersr in Occupational Risk Prevention and Logistics and Supply Chain Management,. She has a wide experience in R&D applied to the construction and materials sector. She is currently R&D Project Coordinator at RVM, but she has also worked as R&D Coordinator at the Technological Institute of Construction of the Valencian Community for 15 years and as R&D consultant in different companies in the private sector. She has participated in countless projects at national and European level, and also in different patents and scientific papers, always in the construction sector on topics such as advanced materials and nano-materials, environment and sustainable materials, or materials production technologies.

Case study 2: Geothermal application for water basin and mud basin

Enel Green Power is one the biggest operator for Geothermal Power Plant in the world. In the ReSHEALience project Ultra High Durability Concrete (UHDC), designed from Politecnico di Milano, is testing in infrastructures of Geothermal field; in particular the tests concerns the realization of water basin for cooling tower and mud basin for water from drilling operation. In this presentation we explain the holistic approach, and we deepen the design of structures.

Iacopo Mazzantini (male), electric engineer, with experience in electromechanical systems. He started his career in Enel Distribuzione in 2007 in Operation and Maintenance of HV Stations Unit. From 2009 he worked on Quality System of Maintenance in MV/LV network, and monitoring process of emergency situation. From 2012 he worked in Research Department of Enel Group on grid integration of renewable sources, in particular the activities was focalized in tests and design of electrochemical storage and photovoltaic technology. From 2016 he joined in Innovation Department of Enel Green Power like following a project on acoustic monitoring, new sensors on machinery, new technology of metal repair, robotics and drones.

Case study 3: The Restoration of a Degraded Historic Reinforced Concrete Water Tower using advanced Techniques, based on Ultra High Durability Concrete and Textile Reinforced Self-Healing concrete.

The lecture refers to the restoration of a 1930s historic reinforced concrete water tower in the Grand-Harbour of Malta. The Water Tower, consisting of a 15m high reinforced concrete tank based on shell elements, resting on 12 columns, suffered severe degradation in a coastal environment. The presentation refers to the restoration strategy, documentation and mapping of degradation, materials and structure assessment and testing, advanced non-destructive assessment,  finite-element modelling, repair interventions including patch repair, electrochemical chloride extraction & re-alkalisation, UHDC jackets to strengthen columns based on self-healing, fibre-reinforced and self-compacting concrete composite with crystalline admixture and nano-additives, and Textile Reinforced Concrete applied to shell elements, the installation of an advanced sensor network system for durability, structural health and environmental monitoring and the setting up of an Education and Technology Platform.

Professor Ruben Paul Borg is a Structural & Materials Engineer and Academic at the University of Malta. He was appointed Principal Investigator on various International Research Projects including ReSHEALience in Ultra High Durability Concrete (Horizon 2020) and CESBA Med Interreg Project in Sustainable Building and Materials. He served on the Management Committee of various European Research projects in Materials Engineering, Sustainability of Construction and Resilience and leads research in concrete, recycling of waste, sustainable construction and structural vulnerability. He is active in various international organisations including CEN TC 250 and CEN TC 350, fib, RILEM and iiSBE. He was awarded thee Energy Globe Award in 2013 for the restoration of industrial heritage structure.

Case study 4: Experimental verification of deflection hardening structures under service

The presentation shows in detail the pilot number 3 produced in the ReSHEALience project. It is explained why ultra-high concrete technologies are optimum for this type of application, and how the pilot will be a tool to better understand the UHPC-UHDC structures under cracked state.

Esteban Camacho Torregrosa

Esteban Camacho is Doctor in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Politècnica de València. He is co-founder of the engineering company RDC and the precast company PREFFOR. Currently he is in charge of the Innovation Management of both companies and coordinator of the Research and Innovation actions, as the projects OpenMode-863562, ReSHEALience-760824, and Smartincs-860006.

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