Project Objectives

The main objective of this project is to develop textile reinforced cementitious (TRC) composites and structures in this material that are high-performance, cost-effective and ecological. These new structural systems can only take full advantage of the properties of composites if the material – in particular the reinforcement - is tailored to the structural needs. This project addresses these challenges in six objectives:

  1. To development high-performance textile reinforced cementitious composites. The requirements for the composite are high tensile and compressive strength. On matrix level this translates to the objective of developing a cement/mortar with good flowability, small grain size, low ecological footprint, wide availability and thus low cost of raw materials -preferentially waste.
  2. To improve the mechanical performance of cementitious composite materials and structures by optimising the integrated fibre textiles (e.g. 3D textiles).
  3. To characterise the mechanical performance of the developed TRC composites, and quantify influencial parameters (fibre type & textile, fibre dosage, cement matrix,…).
  4. To develop new simulation models that support the analysis and design of TRC composite structures.
  5. To study – experimentally and numerically - sandwich structures with TRC composite faces and insulating core, and explore measures to structurally optimise these systems (e.g. by the use of tailored 3D textiles), for application in low-energy multi-storey buildings.
  6. To structurally analyse columns reinforced with TRC composite formwork, as a way to reduce the amount of concrete and steel, and increase the durability. These TRC formwork reinforced columns can be integrated into the sandwich elements (5) to create a high-performance loadbearing and insulating structure.