ReWire Cementitious Composites Reinforced with Waste Fibers

Nacionalni projekt • Aktivan projekt

Project duration: 8.2. 2021. – 7.2.2026.

Project code: UIP-2020-02-5242

Link to the external project page: rewire.grad.hr

Project lead:

Department(s) at the Faculty:
Department of Materials

Project manager at the Faculty:
nema unosa

Lead institution:
University of Zagreb Faculty of Civil Engineering

Project manager:
doc. dr.sc. Ana Baričević


Partners:

nema unosa


Collaborators:

doc.dr.sc. Marija Jelčić Rukavina
dr.sc. Ivana Carević
doc. dr.sc. Marina Frančić Smrkić
Katarina Didulica
Branka Mrduljaš

Financing:

Source of funding:
Croatian Science Fundation

1,311,032 kuna

 

Construction industry is the world largest consumer of natural resources and is responsible for 25-40% of global carbon emissions. Therefore, concerted effort is required to promote a transition towards a low-carbon economy that is climate neutral, resource-efficient and circular. The ReWire project will contribute to the much-needed paradigm shift in the development of engineering solutions. Development of highly effective cementitious materials reinforced with locally available waste fibres will be done, along with a deep understanding of their long-term environmental impacts and the life-cycle costs. Whilst addressing the need to establish an internationally recognized research group to keep Croatia competitively participating in this new research area, the technologies for waste fibre application will be enhanced. This will reduce the disposal of high value materials and develop the scientific background for their application in construction sector.

Use of recycled tire polymer fibres & carbon, glass and basalt waste fibres, from the production of high-performance construction textiles, in fibre reinforced cementitious composites will be analysed. ReWire aims to: a) establish new research group as a centre of knowledge for the research, understanding and modelling of cementitious composites reinforced with waste fibres; b) connect scientific organizations, researchers and equipment through a regional network; and c) train the research group at international centres recognized in the research field.

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