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Repair and maintenance costs of structures and infrastructures is a major problem worldwide.
Reinforced concrete (RC) corrosion costs the UK billions of pounds per year and is one of the major durability challenges leading to rust formation, cracking, spalling, delamination and degradation of structures.
Development of infrastructure resilience, combined with the creation of circular economy, is essential in terms of re-use and reduction in carbon consumption.
This talk is a result of several projects developed by Dr Bras in recent years on infrastructure resilience and sustainability. It demonstrates the benefits of using tailored bio-concrete solutions to increase RC service life and minimise embodied carbon impact. Tangible and practical examples will be provided.
The objective is to significantly reduce material consumption, to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals on infrastructure innovation and climate action.
Speaker: Ana Bras, CEng FICE, PhD, Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University
Organised by ICE Merseyside branch.
CEng FICE, PhD, MEng, Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University
Dr Ana Bras has 16 years of international experience in R&D/ Consultancy on bio-based composites with agro-industrial by-products for durability and hygrothermal risk minimisation of retrofitting solutions for buildings and Reinforced Concrete (RC) structures and more than 100 international publications and patents.
Dr Bras participates in HORIZON 2020 task groups evaluating EU research projects and reviews for the French National Research Agency (ANR) and she has reviewed more than 100million€ in research proposals. Dr Bras works with bio-inspiring solutions (laboratory and computational-based) and probabilistic approaches to increase the effectiveness of sustainable solutions in terms of their service life, and to estimate energy savings and hygrothermal risks.
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