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Self-healing, Multifunctional, Advanced Repair Technologies IN Cementitious Systems. (SMARTINCS)

SMARTINCS is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action started in December 2019 dealing with the implementation of new life-cycle thinking and durability-based approaches to the concept and design of concrete structures. Concepts such as self-healing concrete, repair mortars and grouts appear as key enabling technologies. In SMARTINCS, 15-entrepreneurial early-stage researchers will be trained in the development of innovative, multifunctional self-healing strategies for new concrete structures, and in the implementation of advanced repair technologies for repairing existing concrete infrastructures. In the Project, research institutes, pioneers in smart cementitious materials, works together with leading companies along the SMARTINCS value chain, and with certification and pre-standardization agencies. The collaborative efforts of all partners have two main focuses:
• Develop sustainable and durable concrete solutions for new and existing structures.
• Scientifically substantiate the durability, sustainability and robustness of the developed self-healing cementitious materials.
The planned activities within the ETN divided in a structure with 3 - work package structure. Training is given to the early stage researchers by their individual PhD projects which all fit within the scientific work packages 1-4, dealing with improved self-healing concrete (WP1), advanced local (self-)repair (WP2), durability, service life and sustainability (WP3) and technology transfer and entrepreneurship (WP4).

Universidad de Córdoba

The scientific objectives are attained by joint PhD research and envisage:
- To develop and model innovative self-healing strategies for bulk and local application, including optimization of mix designs and development of multi-functional self-healing agents with attention to cost, applicability and environmental impact.
- To scientifically substantiate and model the durability of self-healed concrete and repaired systems for an accurate service life prediction and to integrate self-healing into innovative service-life based structural design approaches to foster the market penetration through an innovative life-cycle thinking.
- To quantify and prove the eco-efficiency of newly developed smart concrete/mortars by life cycle assessment modeling.

The University of Córdoba is responsible for the ESR 6 Project "Crystalline self-healing technology for non-shrinkage cementitious grouts in non-structural applications", mainly contributing to the WP2. The main objective of UCO's Project is the ad-hoc design of multifunctional non-shrinkage cementitious gouts with enhanced performance in specific non-structural applications:

• Grouts for pre-stressing strands incorporating corrosion inhibitors.
• Cementitious coatings with non-shrinkage crystalline grouts for improving the corrosion resistance of steel rebars.
• Cementitious non-shrinkage grouts incorporating antimicrobial activity based on the technology of Layered Double Hydroxides (LDH).
To accomplish these objectives, a collaborative work with other universities (PoliMi, UCam), and with the industry (Penetron) will be carried out.

D2.1. Report and models on the improved local (self) repair methodologies.
D2.2. Report and models on the performance of improved local (self) repair methodologies.
D2.3. Report summarizing the PhD project works of WP 2 + PhD degrees ESR5-9.

- The main objective of SMARTINCS is training 15 ESRs to prepare them for jobs in multidisciplinary and multinational teams both in academia, industry and the public sector, which will consolidate the current pioneering role of Europe in concrete (self-)repair. Also, they will develop a Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP) based on a personal assessment of their skills and knowledge and the goals for their future career.
- SMARTINCS will contribute to the training and improvement of career perspectives of (young) researchers at the European level and will strengthen the European innovation capacity in the field of construction engineering.
- SMARTINCS will have an impact on the Europe 2020 growth strategy.
- ESRs will be trained to improve their presentation and writing skills to increase the impact of their dissemination activities.

Química Inorgánica

Code PAIDI: FQM-175

Mercedes Sánchez Moreno. Partner. 

Universidad de Córdoba

Budget of Andalusian group: € 250,904.88

Keywords: self-healing, concrete, durable, sustainable, smart, service life, infrastructure, construction
Duration: 48 months. December, 1th 2019 to November, 30th 2023
Project cost: € 4,030,444.44