Biomimetic multi-scale damage immunity for concrete

Kevin Paine, Robert Lark, Abir Al-Tabbaa

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Abstract

This paper describes current ground-breaking and novel developments in the
delivery of self-immunity for concrete; including recent advances in multi-scale (~10nm to ~5mm) self-healing and self-recovery systems. The paper draws upon the EPSRC and industry funded research project, M4L: Materials for Life, which is addressing this complex problem by taking advantage of innovations in allied scientific disciplines to pave the way for the development of a new generation of versatile and robust construction materials. The paper contains a discussion of four principal forms of self-healing: (i) microcapsules, (ii) calcite precipitating bacteria, (iii) shape memory polymers and (iv) vascular networks. Finally the authors consider the degree of multi-scalar healing of the system and present a vision of a sustainable and resilient built environment comprised of concrete structures that continually monitor, regulate, adapt and repair themselves without the need for external intervention.

Conference

ConferenceConcrete Research: Driving Profit and Sustainability
CountryIndia
CityJalandhar
Period2/11/155/11/15

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Biomimetics
Shape memory effect
Concrete construction
Bacteria
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Keywords

  • Self-healing
  • Microcapsules
  • bacteria
  • shape memory polymers
  • vascular networks

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Paine, K., Lark, R., & Al-Tabbaa, A. (2015). Biomimetic multi-scale damage immunity for concrete. Paper presented at Concrete Research: Driving Profit and Sustainability, Jalandhar, India.

Biomimetic multi-scale damage immunity for concrete. / Paine, Kevin; Lark, Robert; Al-Tabbaa, Abir.

2015. Paper presented at Concrete Research: Driving Profit and Sustainability, Jalandhar, India.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Paine, K, Lark, R & Al-Tabbaa, A 2015, 'Biomimetic multi-scale damage immunity for concrete' Paper presented at Concrete Research: Driving Profit and Sustainability, Jalandhar, India, 2/11/15 - 5/11/15, .
Paine K, Lark R, Al-Tabbaa A. Biomimetic multi-scale damage immunity for concrete. 2015. Paper presented at Concrete Research: Driving Profit and Sustainability, Jalandhar, India.
Paine, Kevin ; Lark, Robert ; Al-Tabbaa, Abir. / Biomimetic multi-scale damage immunity for concrete. Paper presented at Concrete Research: Driving Profit and Sustainability, Jalandhar, India.
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