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Innovate UK’s Scaling the Edge programmes helped JP Concrete accelerate the launch of its sustainable ‘self-healing concrete’ product for the construction industry.

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Newlyn Harbour eco-rock armour research project. Concrete eco-blocks have been placed on the seafront in west Cornwall as part of an environmental trial.

The blocks are part of the Environment Agency’s research into new designs for coastal armour which can also act as a habitat for marine life.

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Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) – the Aero-like substance inside some schools and public buildings – is gearing up to become the next cladding crisis after being identified as a serious safety risk – Self-healing concrete could extend the life of this essential building material. 

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Despite concrete being such a vital and widely used material, it cracks leading to corrosion of the steel bars reinforcing it. In the UK, repair and maintenance accounts for over 45% of the total expenditure on construction (the latter estimated at £120 billion annually***).

So the aim of this AKT2I was to find ways to improve the durability of low-carbon concrete products and examine key factors such as cracking, corrosion and early-age strength.

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While the concept of self-healing concrete is a recent development, its roots can be traced back over two millennia to the Romans, who invented a unique type of concrete that displayed exceptional longevity and resilience, even in marine environments.

This extraordinary material, used in iconic structures such as the Pantheon, owes its self-healing properties to the inclusion of volcanic ash and quicklime.
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The Institution of Structural Engineers

Concrete technology tracker. Many current and emerging lower carbon concrete technologies available in the UK market have lower embodied carbon associated with them than Portland cement (PC)-based concrete, which will be referred to as ‘conventional concrete’.

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Liverpool partnership develops sensor-based structural health monitoring system…Motionwall was born out of the need to effectively monitor, maintain and upgrade the ageing Victorian infrastructure of Britain.

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Researchers from the University of Liverpool are collaborating with industrial partners to develop the next generation of ultra-low carbon and resilient materials to decarbonise the construction sector…The project entitled BIOCOREWALLS (BIO-COncrete for REsilient and Green WALLS for infrastructure) is supported by the University’s Partnership Recovery and Resilience Fund.

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The University of East London (UEL) is collaborating with a leading concrete manufacturer to develop more sustainable pre-cast wall systems, aiming to cut the carbon toll of the construction industry.

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Mimicrete, a materials technology startup from the University of Cambridge, has been awarded a £450k Innovate UK Smart Grant and unveiled its first commercial pilot with JP Concrete.

The JP Concrete project is designed to advance the development of the startup’s proprietary biomimetic self-healing concrete.

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JP Concrete has linked-up with Basilisk to supply its new Sensicrete product in this country.

The self-healing system was developed by inventor Henk Jonkers and allows concrete to seal its own cracks.

It acts as a habitat for limestone-producing bacteria which sleep in the concrete until woken by air and water, which get in through cracks.

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The worldwide “Low Carbon Concrete Market” is growing at rapid rate. This report contains analysis of companies Tarmac, Hanson, Boral, LafargeHolcim, Cemex, US Concrete, Inc., CHRYSO, MCGRATHS LIMESTONE, DB Group, Sensicrete, Solidia, Wagners, CarbiCrete…with 98 Pages Report

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The third Fresh Concrete event focused on innovative technology that has the potential to transform the performance and uses for concrete. It included new concrete being trialled in roads to wirelessly recharge electric vehicles in motion, and self-healing concrete that uses a bacteria-based admixture, to enhance water tightness, reduce maintenance and increase the life span of concrete structures.

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When a radio talk-show host insisted last year that you can grow concrete, he was mercilessly ridiculed on social media. While his argument was uninformed, does bioengineering mean it could one day be possible to ‘grow’ concrete on a small scale?

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The Conversation

Concrete fuels climate change – but there’s a nature-friendly way to defend coasts from rising seas.

Concrete breakwaters can even stimulate biodiversity. Some are textured in such a way that they mimic reef habitats, encouraging the settlement and growth of marine plants and animals in their grooves and protruding surfaces.

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