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

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Project lead:

Department project lead:
Department of Materials

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. Ana Baričević


prof. Kypros Pilakoutas & Maurizio Guadagnini, University of Sheffield, UK Alenka Mauko Pranjić, Zavod za gradbeništvo Slovenije, Slovenia
Dr. Ildiko Merta, Tu Wien, Austria
Prof. Joaquim Barros, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Prof. Guang Ye, TU Delft, Netherlands

Collaborators: Marija Jelčić Rukavina
Assist. Prof. Marina Frančić Smrkić Ivana Carević
Katarina Didulica
Branka Mrduljaš
Antonija Ocelić


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.