The University of Sheffield is among the top ten Universities in the Russell Group, the association of the 20 leading UK research-intensive universities. The Concrete Research team is part of the Centre for Cement and Concrete (CCC), based in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (CSE) of the University of Sheffield. CCC is an interdisciplinary centre with over 70 academics and researchers, which is the largest centre of its kind in the UK. Research carried out in the CCC covers all aspects of concrete materials, structural behaviour, analysis and design. The Department of CSE has received an outstanding result in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise; the outcomes showed that 100% of CSE’s research is ‘recognised internationally’ with 85% as being ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The CSE Department has state-of-the-art testing facilities and equipment that can be used to evaluate the mechanical behaviour and durability of concrete and will play a key role in all RTD Ws. The long and established record of the CSE team in coordinating large European projects is the best guarantee for success in WP7. CSE is the birthplace of tyre wire (RTSF) in concrete.
Main contact: Professor Kypros Pilakoutas (Project Coordinator)
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at IMPERIAL is recognised worldwide as a major research institution with a reputation for academic excellence. The Department was awarded the highest grade in all national research assessment exercises carried out to date. The Structures Laboratories within the Department have recently had a major upgrade and now offer new state-of-the-art experimental facilities and equipment catering for a wide variety of testing requirements. The total financial investment in the new facilities amounted to about £16M, including a £2M investment in new servo-hydraulic test equipment with static, dynamic and impact loading capabilities, a controlled concrete preparation area, and a new workshop area complete with ancillary services. Through strong industrial collaborations and significant involvement in advisory work and code development, there is particular emphasis in the Department on producing research suitable for direct industrial application.
Main contact: Professor Ahmed Elghazouli
TWINCON LIMITED is a newly formed company (December 2010) created explicitly for the exploitation of the RTSF in concrete and will be a key player in WP3. Its two founder members (Waldron and Pilakoutas) are the named inventors on the University of Sheffield (USFD) patents covering the use of RTSF as reinforcement in concrete. In April 2011 Twincon obtained a licence from USFD for the exclusive rights to exploit the patents and associated know-how. In June 2010, Waldron left USFD to become Managing Director of Twincon and has subsequently been joined by a research engineer (Angelakopoulos) who worked on the ECOLANES project and acquired considerable knowledge and experience in all aspects of RTSF. In June 2011, Twintec Limited, a major user of steel fibre in the construction of industrial concrete floor slabs throughout Europe, bought in to Twincon thereby providing enhanced financial support and, more importantly, guarantees for the purchase of substantial volumes RTSF. Recently Twincon Ltd won a CIP Eco-Innovation project (Twincletoes – ECO/11/304521) aiming to scale up the industrial production of RTSF and this will guarantee sufficient supply of classified RTSF for the needs of the research WP3 as well as the demonstration WP5.
Main contact: Dr Harris Angelakopoulos
UNIZAG is one of 33 faculties at the University of Zagreb. It was established in 1919 and is today the largest civil engineering faculty in Croatia. The Faculty consists of nine divisions (Mathematics, Engineering Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering, Materials, Structures, Hydraulic Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Construction Management and Buildings), which provide teaching, scientific, research and vocational knowledge-based activities. Departments for Materials, Engineering Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering and Hydraulic Engineering have laboratories with specialized facilities for teaching, research and consultancy services. UNIZAG is one of the region’s leading high education and research institution in the field of civil engineering and is well established and recognised among scientific and professional community. Scientific-research work is being carried out within the framework of numerous national and international projects. During the last decade, UNIZAG coordinated and/or participated in several EU funded projects (e.g. CIP, FP7; FP6, LIFE, Eureka, COST), from which project “Rubberised concrete noise barriers – RUCONBAR” financed by CIP Eco Innovation fund should be emphasised and the experienced gained with tyre rubber will be paramount for WP1.1. UNIZAG’s previous extensive track record in EU research projects guarantees a successful project implementation.
Main contact: Dr Ana Baricevic
Arkada Ltd (Croatia)
Arkada Ltd was founded in 1994 and over the years has developed a good track record in the construction sector with a diverse portfolio including road construction, municipal infrastructure, landscaping, sports fields, etc.
Arkadastarted as a nano-scale family business, managed over years by Mrs MarijaIvanic, and is nowadays established as a reliable SME producing high quality concrete and asphalt, with continual records of satisfied business partners and a number of good references.
Gradmont Ltd. is a leading precast concrete plant for all types of prefabricated elements in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their strategic geographic position, in Bosnian Posavina, enables easy distribution of elements as well as construction in Belgrade and Zagreb, as well as Sarajevo, and any other area in the region. The region of operation is one of the areas of special state concern for Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which the investment in SMEs is considered as one of the key elements for sustainable development in the area. Strict European quality control standards are achieved through construction of a modern plant allocated only for production of precast concrete elements and through constant quality control by independent bodies. Nowadays, GRADMONT is the leading producer of precast concrete elements in the region, mainly used in construction and maintenance of bridges, residential buildings, schools, hospitals, industrial buildings, motels, hotels, administrative buildings, gas stations, shopping malls, garages, farms, places of worship, bus stops, etc. GRADMONT is well recognised in civil engineering community and it is associated with the production of quality concrete products.
DULEX Ltd (Croatia)
DULEX Ltd is a family company founded in 1989. Dulex is specialising in the construction of concrete industrial floors as well as other types of industrial floors. Over the years Dulex has gained recognition for the high quality work but also the implementation of unique production systems. Situated in Ludbreg, 80 km from Zagreb they are strategically positioned for operation in the whole Croatia but also neighbouring markets. Long experience made them one of the key players in the Croatian market so today they are producing more than 200,000 m2 of concrete floors per year and are well recognised in the civil engineering community. Currently, Dulex is also a leader in resin floors production on Croatian market.As distributor for flooring materials Dulex work also in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia and Monte Negro.
Gumiipmex- GRP Ltd (GRP) is a tyre recycling plant founded in 1970 as small family business and over the years has been evolved into a leading producer and distributor of rubber products in Croatia and neighbouring countries. The recycling business itself, as an extended purpose for used rubber, was a logical continuation of the primary business – manufacture of rubber and technical products and car tyre distribution, where GRP belongs to the top Croatian tier. GRP is the first company in Croatia to start the waste vehicle tyre recycling business, in 2005. They were actively participating during technological upgrade of their production facility in cooperation with recycling equipment distributors. Nowadays, GRP has ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certificates with an annual processing capacity of 25,000 tons of waste tyres. 85,000 m2 infrastructure-supported land was used for constructing 20,000 m2 production plants with a 12,500 m2 tyre disposal area. Using modern technologies, through processing of waste tyres GRP is able to produce granule of various sizes, whose later use is present in numerous industries: construction, infrastructure, transport, agriculture, sports fields, urban recreational areas, children’s playgrounds and rehabilitation centres. Throughthe modern recycling process implemented by GRP, waste tyres are separated to primary tyre components – rubber, steel and textiles. Such recycling makes no additional waste substances, allowing all parts to be (re)used and there are no accompanying emissions into the environment. Founders of the company are still today making strides in developing and expanding their tyre recycling business through continual investments into new technologies and knowledge.
TUIASI is the 2nd largest School of Engineering and Applied Science in Romania and one of the country’s leading research universities. The Civil Engineering Faculty is the largest in TUIASI with over 200 academic and research staff. “The Research Centre in Civil and Structural Engineering” at TUIASI is equipped with modern research stations (Dynamic and Seismic Platform), which will be extensively used in WP 2.6, a Road Research Laboratory (Accelerated Load Testing-unique in South-Eastern Europe), Laboratory of Heavy Structures and a Laboratory of Composite Structuresthat will provide extensive support to WP1.3 activities. In addition, the laboratories for Building Materials, Reinforced Concrete, Geotechnics and Foundations are equipped with advanced research infrastructure. The School also has licenses for a number of complex software packages including the latest version of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software “GABI”.The team has extensive experience in shaking-table tests, Fibre Reinforced Polymers and demonstration activities.
Main contact: Professor Nicolae Taranu
The CUT founded in 2004, is a pioneering public university in Limassol (Cyprus) that provides education and basic/applied research in leading branches of science and technology which have high impact on the economic, technical, and scientific sectors. The Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics’ goal is to provide high-quality scientific education at undergraduate and post-graduate level as well as to advance research relevant to these areas of Civil & Structural Engineering and Geomatics. The Department is equipped with modern research laboratories for construction materials, structural/ geotechnical/ hydraulic engineering as well as remote sensing that include state-of-the-art equipment and software. The Sustainable Construction Materials research laboratory comprises 800 m2 and, amongst others, includes fatigue testing machines, 3D lazer scanner for damage assessment, salt-spray corrosion chambers, freeze-thaw chamber, and impact test machine. The Department has been collaborating in numerous national and European (FP6&7) funded research projects (including STREP, Marie-Curie, LIFE+, EUREKA, EracoBuild, Med) on sustainable construction materials, earthquake engineering, environmental impact, life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) and assessment (LCA), geo-information, pollution, and cultural heritage. The CUT team is well experienced on LCA/LCCA as they have participated in a range of research projects which utilised LCA/LCCA tools (e.g GABI-4) for transport pavements and buildings (e.g. EcoLanes and VALPRO research projects). In addition, CUT has been undertaking research on the durability and fatigue testing of concrete reinforcement (e.g. STEELCOR).
Main contact: Professor Diofantos Hadjimitsis
ETRA is an independent, member-driven European Association open to those involved in the diverse activities that contribute to the ‘tyre recycling industry’. ETRA is the result of a project created in 1990 and funded in 1992, to bring together the disparate elements of tyre recycling in Europe. The association was conceived by 19 delegates to the first European Conference on Tyre Recycling that was held in Brussels in January 1994 as a concluding activity for the year-long project. The conference brought together companies, government bodies, and individuals involved in tyre recycling – including granulators, material users, product developers, collectors, retreaders, equipment manufacturers and even tyre producers. In September 1994, ETRA was registered as a European Association with the goal of providing a forum for discussion and exchange concerning the emerging issues of the industry.
Today, ETRA is an independent European Association with membership of +250 tyre recycling professionals in 43 countries.
ETRA’s Mission is to formalise Tyre Recycling as an independent, multi-sectoral industry involved in a long chain of activities which protect the environment and enhance the quality of life through the creation of new businesses and jobs.
A principal goal is to assist in the realisation of cost-effective as well as environmentally sound and commercially viable tyre recycling activities. ETRA works closely with material and product developers and participates in a variety of EU and State funded projects to explore and exploit new markets.
Main contact: Mr Ettore Musacchi
COMSA SAU Construction Company is part of COMSA-EMTE group, the second-largest Spanish unlisted group in the infrastructures, services, engineering and systems sector. The company has a permanent presence in 14 countries (France, Portugal, Poland, and Switzerland, among others). The Construction Business is one of the pillars on which the growth and development of COMSA rests. It is divided into two areas: Building Construction and Civil Works. In Civil Works, COMSA carries out a wide variety of projects including roads, airports, urban development, maritime and port facilities, hydraulic and health care infrastructures, unique and architecturally complex buildings. COMSA delivers comprehensive solutions which include a key role for its commitment to sustainability, natural resources, the urban landscape and its environment.
COMSA has a wide experience in R&D projects. On a national level, amongst others, COMSA is carrying out projects on fibres recycled from ELTs for concrete reinforcement (e.g. crack width control for integral structures, or sprayed fibre-reinforced concrete).
On the European level, COMSA has already been granted and is carrying out projects with different funding schemes (e.g. ECO-Innovation, Framework Program…), participating as partner and leader of consortiums. In the field of Tyre Recycling, the PRO-Track project, funded within the ECO-Innovation program, proposed an innovative rail isolating system made of rubber recycled from ELTs.
Founded in 1986, FHECOR (www.fhecor.es) is currently Spain’s largest structural consultant in Spain (with about 80 people) with offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville, an independent sister company in Chile (OGUP Ingenieros Asociados) and shared companies in Brazil (FHECOR DO BRAZIL) and the USA (FHECOR North America). FHECOR has a wide experience with different structural typologies (bridges, buildings, industrial structures), materials (concrete, steel, composite structures, wood, FRP) and the different phases of the life cycle of structures, from conception, project development, technical assistance during construction, maintenance and demolition. Among the structures designed by FHECOR the following can be highlighted: Barajas Terminal T-4, SanPaolo Intesa Tower in Turin, T-2 Heathrow Terminal, Chacao Bridge (Chile), Mersey Bridge (UK), Gerald Desmond Bridge (CA, USA) or the World Cup Stadiums in Curitiba and Sao Paolo (Corinthians) among many others. In 2007, FHECOR opened up a new R+D+i Department and has been working in research projects dealing with joint-less structures, masonry structures, blast loading, T-Headed bars, as well as cracking and punching of RC structures. FHECOR has also a very close connection with the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), coming from the fact that five of FHECOR’S members are teachers/researchers at this University. This provides the company with 25 years of experience in testing of concrete and steel specimens at the Structures Laboratory of UPM. Finally FHECOR is strongly involved in Normalization with active participation in fib (MC2010), in EN 1992-1-1 (Project Team) and currently in the revision of Eurocode 2 (CEN TC250/SC2/WG1).
Main contact: Dr Alejandro Pérez Caldentey