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Ultra-LightCon-3D SIGNED

Ultra-Lightweight Concrete for 3D printing technologies

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Project "Ultra-LightCon-3D" data sheet

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address: STRASSE DES 17 JUNI 135
city: BERLIN
postcode: 10623

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 162˙806 €
 EC max contribution 162˙806 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-07-01   to  2021-06-30


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 Project objective

The construction industry does not follow the same enlightened path as other fields of science and has thus suffered a technology bypass, relying on centuries-old processes and procedures to manage complex modern projects. In conventional concrete construction projects, more than 60% of the total cost is spent on the formwork. One of the technologies which can revolutionize our perception and approach to construction, is 3D printing of concrete. 3D printing, also referred to as Additive Manufacturing (AM), is a technology which builds solid parts via a layer-by-layer process. Since in 3D printing, no formwork is required, and a short project time is required due to continuous work done by the printer, a dramatic reduction in the project cost and improvement of workers’ safety can be achieved. Up to date, much research has been conducted in the field of printing technique, while design of proper insulation of printed walls has gathered little attention. Although, this issue is highly important due to gradually tightening EU regulations. Therefore, proposed project is aiming to fill the gap in knowledge and introduce for the first-time insulating ultra-lightweight concrete (ULWC) material for AM. By proposed interdisciplinary methodology, based on the experimental and numerical methods, in micro- and macro-scales technology, a multi-scale tool enabling to produce advanced 3D printed wall systems. Multi-scale tool will allow to develop 3D models of ULWCs with optimized mechanical and insulating properties. Hence, limited amount of required field and labor works will be necessary, thus further decrement of the final concrete cost and waste production will be achieved. Through the interdisciplinary approach and establishing industrial cooperation, this project will contribute towards development and production of energy saving constructions in accordance with EU Energy Efficiency Strategy.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Mohamed Abd Elrahman, Sang-Yeop Chung, Pawel Sikora, Teresa Rucinska, Dietmar Stephan
Influence of Nanosilica on Mechanical Properties, Sorptivity, and Microstructure of Lightweight Concrete
published pages: 3078, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma12193078
Materials 12/19 2020-01-14

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