Concrete is one of the most consumed materials in earth and cement production is currently responsible for a significant fraction of human’s carbon footprint. Fundamental challenges need still to be addressed in the domain of structural concrete to lead to a sustainable and rational use of the material.
Amongst these challenges, the Structural Concrete Laboratory is focusing research efforts on fundamental topics such as:
- Developing concrete structures with a reduced ecological footprint using new materials and new design approaches
- Models for the design of new structures and the assessment of existing ones based on more mechanical and fundamental approaches: mechanical models replacing empirical ones, a step forward in fundamental and structural testing, multi-scale material approach, long-term behaviour of concrete structures, reliability and robustness of design.