We are looking for a collaboration / to be a partner in a consortium to apply to the call of “ERA-MIN Joint Transnational Call 2023”.
Our expertise area regards to Circular Economy in Construction Materials and the supply of raw materials for construction. More specifically, as a partner of a consortium we can add value in the following topics in the construction/concrete/mortar industry:
1. replacing partially the cement by exploration and mining residues – especially quartz and marble
2. replacing the natural coarse aggregates by commercial construction and demolition waste coarse aggregates
3. replacing the natural fine aggregates (sand) by foundry sand
4. transforming end-of-life wind blades in GFRP needles, aggregates and rebars to replace coarse aggregates and steel rebars in concrete precast elements
5. developing natural mortars aimed for restoration of historical buildings by using powder from construction and demolition ceramic waste with lime
6. replacing the cement by powder from municipal solid waste incineration slag
7. developing alkali activated concretes with powder from municipal solid waste incineration slag, from construction and demolition ceramic waste and other wastes
8. introducing in the construction materials residues from water sewage plants and from the agriculture
The University of Porto (UPORTO) is currently one of the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions in Europe. It has close to 32000 students, 2400 teachers and researchers along with 1600 administrative staff within its 15 schools and 60 scientific research units. Founded in 1926, Faculty of Engineering (FEUP) is the largest faculty at UPORTO.
Excellence. Innovation. Entrepreneurship. Qualities that make FEUP a faculty of repute in Portugal and abroad. Its mission is to train world-class engineers and our effort is on research and development of excellence.
FEUP works closely with several recognized institutions such as the European Space Agency, IBM, Microsoft and the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It also teams up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Texas at Austin and the Carnegie Mellon University.
Supported on the R&D resulting from the excellence of its research units and international partnerships, FEUP seeks to ensure that students can conceive and operate complex systems, to generate added value in an environment of social and professional sustainability.
The Institute of R&D in Structures and Construction (CONSTRUCT), that supports the present project proposal, uses laboratories with an overall area larger than 3500m2, accommodating equipment evaluated in more than 5M€, which corresponds to the largest and best equipped laboratorial infrastructure available in Civil Engineering Departments of Portuguese Universities.