Resilient materials for life: Biomimetic self-healing and self-diagnosing concretes

Kevin Paine, Abir Al-Tabbaa, Diane Gardner, Tony Jefferson

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Abstract

Material degradation of our civil engineering structures is generally inevitable and consequently structures need regular maintenance. However, collaborative research through the M4L collaboration within the UK has developed a suite of biomimetic self-healing concretes that have the ability to adapt and respond to damage without external intervention; as demonstrated in the first UK full-scale field trials on self-healing concrete. Following on from this pioneering work, we are now facilitating through the RM4L programme the creation of ‘smart’ materials that can further self-sense, self-diagnose and self‐heal when subject to a wider range of damage scenarios. This paper describes work that is being carried out to develop self-healing systems suitable for healing cracks in concrete at multiple scales, and due to time-dependent and cyclic loading, and develop concrete that can self-immunise against both physical damage and chemical attack.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUKIERI Concrete Congress
Subtitle of host publicationConcrete: The Global Builder: Working together for durable and sustainable infrastructure
EditorsRavindra K Dhir, S P Singh, Raman Bedi, Sanjay Goel
ISBN (Electronic)978-93-5351-357-3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
EventUKIERI Concrete Congress, Concrete: The Global Builder: Working together for durable and sustainable infrastructure - Jalandhar, India
Duration: 5 Mar 20198 Mar 2019
https://ukiericoncretecongress.com/ucc2019/

Conference

ConferenceUKIERI Concrete Congress, Concrete: The Global Builder
Abbreviated titleUCC2019
CountryIndia
CityJalandhar
Period5/03/198/03/19
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    Paine, K., Al-Tabbaa, A., Gardner, D., & Jefferson, T. (2019). Resilient materials for life: Biomimetic self-healing and self-diagnosing concretes. In R. K. Dhir, S. P. Singh, R. Bedi, & S. Goel (Eds.), UKIERI Concrete Congress: Concrete: The Global Builder: Working together for durable and sustainable infrastructure