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Smart casting of concrete structures by active control of rheology

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Project "SmartCast" data sheet

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Coordinator
UNIVERSITEIT GENT 

Organization address
address: SINT PIETERSNIEUWSTRAAT 25
city: GENT
postcode: 9000
website: http://www.ugent.be

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website https://www.ugent.be/ea/structural-engineering/en/research/magnel/research/smartcasting/smartcasting.htm
 Total cost 2˙498˙750 €
 EC max contribution 2˙498˙750 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2021-09-30

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 Project objective

Concrete production processes do not take full advantage of the rheological potential of fresh cementitious materials, and are still largely labour-driven and sensitive to the human factor. SmartCast proposes a new concrete casting concept to transform the concrete industry into a highly automated technological industry. Currently, the rheological properties of the concrete are defined by mix design and mixing procedure without any further active adjustment during casting. The goal of this proposal is the active control of concrete rheology during casting, and the active triggering of early stiffening of the concrete as soon as it is put in place. The ground-breaking idea to achieve this goal, is to develop concrete with actively controllable rheology by adding admixtures responsive to externally activated electromagnetic frequencies. Inter-disciplinary insights are important to achieve these goals, including inputs from concrete technology, polymer science, electrochemistry, rheology and computational fluid dynamics.

We will develop 4 new experimental test set-ups allowing to study active rheology control during different phases of the casting process: 1)concrete pumping (control of slip layer), 2)while flowing in the formwork (bulk control of rheology), 3)while flowing through formwork joints (control of formwork tightness), and 4)once the concrete is in its final position (trigger stiffening). Well-designed polymers with the desired response to the applied activation will be added to the concrete during mixing. The experiments will be analysed by advanced computational flow modelling based on fundamental rheological laws. Special attention will be paid to the compatibility of all responsive polymers selected for the different control phases. SmartCast will mean a paradigm shift for formwork-based concrete casting. The developed active rheology control will provide a fundamental basis for the development of future-proof 3D printing techniques in concrete industry

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 G. DE SCHUTTER, K. EL CHEIKH, R. DE SCHRYVER, C. CHIBULU, D. JIAO, M.Y. YARDIMCI, K. LESAGE
Introduction to the concept of active rheology control in case of pumping of cementitious materials
published pages: 1-9, ISSN: , DOI:
RheoCon2 & SCC9 Supplementary papers 2019-10-17
2019 Metwally Ezzat, Xiaowen Xu, Khadija El Cheikh, Karel Lesage, Richard Hoogenboom, Geert De Schutter
Structure-property relationships for polycarboxylate ether superplasticizers by means of RAFT polymerization
published pages: 788-797, ISSN: 0021-9797, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2019.06.088
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 553 2019-09-02
2017 Geert De Schutter
In search of active rheology control of SCC
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
ACI Spring Convention, Detroit 2019-06-13
2017 EL CHEIKH Khadija, LESAGE Karel, VAN DER PUTTEN Jolien, VAN TITTELBOOM Kim, DE SCHUTTER Geert
3D Printing of cementitious materials
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14th International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components 2019-06-13
2017 DE SCHRYVER Robin, LESAGE Karel, EL CHEIKH Khadija, DE SCHUTTER Geert
Numerical approach for thixotropic behaviour of concrete – current status
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14th International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components 2019-06-13
2017 DE SCHUTTER Geert, LESAGE Karel, EL CHEIKH Khadija, DE SCHRYVER Robin, MUHAMMAD Metwally, CHIBULU Chizya
Casting concrete structures in a smarter way
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14th International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components 2019-06-13
2017 EL CHEIKH Khadija, LESAGE Karel, DE SCHUTTER Geert
Adjusting concrete rheology through mix design – short overview
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14th International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components 2019-06-13
2018 Ye Qian, Karel Lesage, Khadija El Cheikh, Geert De Schutter
Effect of polycarboxylate ether superplasticizer (PCE) on dynamic yield stress, thixotropy and flocculation state of fresh cement pastes in consideration of the Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC)
published pages: 75-84, ISSN: 0008-8846, DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2018.02.019
Cement and Concrete Research 107 2019-06-13
2019 Dengwu Jiao, Caijun Shi, Qiang Yuan, Deju Zhu, Geert De Schutter
Effects of rotational shearing on rheological behavior of fresh mortar with short glass fiber
published pages: 314-321, ISSN: 0950-0618, DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.01.133
Construction and Building Materials 203 2019-04-18
2018 Geert De Schutter, Karel Lesage
Active control of properties of concrete: a (p)review
published pages: , ISSN: 1359-5997, DOI: 10.1617/s11527-018-1256-2
Materials and Structures 51/5 2019-04-18
2018 Geert De Schutter, Karel Lesage, Viktor Mechtcherine, Venkatesh Naidu Nerella, Guillaume Habert, Isolda Agusti-Juan
Vision of 3D printing with concrete — Technical, economic and environmental potentials
published pages: 25-36, ISSN: 0008-8846, DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2018.06.001
Cement and Concrete Research 112 2019-04-18
2018 Ye Qian, Geert De Schutter
Different Effects of NSF and PCE Superplasticizer on Adsorption, Dynamic Yield Stress and Thixotropy of Cement Pastes
published pages: 695, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma11050695
Materials 11/5 2019-04-18
2019 Dengwu Jiao, Khadija El Cheikh, Caijun Shi, Karel Lesage, Geert De Schutter
Structural build-up of cementitious paste with nano-Fe3O4 under time-varying magnetic fields
published pages: 105857, ISSN: 0008-8846, DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2019.105857
Cement and Concrete Research 124 2019-08-29

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