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Customized products made of ultra-high performance concretes (UHPC) with an increased lifespan and minimum weight and maintenance costs

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20200310002
Publicado:
17/03/2020
Caducidad:
18/03/2021
Resumen:
A Spanish SME produces UHPC structures to replace traditional solutions made with steel, wood or ordinary concrete. The elements are (un)reinforced or prestressed and optimized to meet specific needs. They produce shells, slabs, especial elements, prototypes or beams of up to 35-m with high quality control. They seek partners from civil engineering, aquaculture, industry and energy sectors for a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a manufacturing agreement.

Details

Tittle:
Customized products made of ultra-high performance concretes (UHPC) with an increased lifespan and minimum weight and maintenance costs
Summary:
A Spanish SME produces UHPC structures to replace traditional solutions made with steel, wood or ordinary concrete. The elements are (un)reinforced or prestressed and optimized to meet specific needs. They produce shells, slabs, especial elements, prototypes or beams of up to 35-m with high quality control. They seek partners from civil engineering, aquaculture, industry and energy sectors for a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a manufacturing agreement.
Description:
The company is a manufacturer of precast ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) products for the European market. The SME produces (un)reinforced and prestressed UHPC elements for the sectors of civil engineering, building, industrial, architecture, aquaculture or energy. The company has a highly controlled UHPC which allows to reduce up to 70% the weight of the structures compared to ordinary concrete. The material fulfills the mechanical and durability requirements established in the UHPC French Norm NF P18-470 and NF P18-710.

The elements are designed specifically for the client needs, obtaining for certain applications lower transportation and handling costs, longer lifespan, higher slenderness, higher impact strength and minimum maintenance costs. For certain applications (marine environments, frost areas, applications under fatigue or impact, expensive transport...) the precast UHPC element is the best option compared to steel, ordinary concrete or wood. Some of the structures that the company produces are bridges, footbridges, floating structures for shellfish farming, stairs, panels for precast housing or retaining walls.

The company can provide the complementary services that the client may need for its structure: Production and testing of small-scale prototypes for experimental verification, determination of fiber orientation in full-scale elements, transport, installation of the structure and remote monitoring under service conditions. The company also can implement a comparative environmental life cycle analysis (E-LCA) and the life cycle cost analysis (LCC) between the proposed and the traditional solution.

The company has a market-oriented innovation policy and at this moment is participating in two different H2020 projects (RIA-NMBP and Blue Economy-EMFF) for the development of new calculation models for strain-hardening materials and the development of the blue economy with resilient concretes.

The company is interested in being contacted by potential partners for a manufacturing agreement or a commercial agreement with technical assistance in cases where a UHPC element or structure may imply a significant improvement compared to traditional solutions.
Advantages and Innovations:
The main advantages of the UHPC structures and elements are:
· Much lower weight of the structure (up to 70%), which reduces the costs of transportation and installation.
· Minimum maintenance requirements and significantly higher lifespan (lower OPEX, operational expenditures, for the structures)
· Improved impact strength, toughness and corrosion resistance
· Lower use or resources and lower carbon footprint
· Speed-up of the production rate in the factory
· If UHPC structures are proposed instead of steel structures, welding are removed
· High slenderness, improved designs and aesthetics, high surface and texture quality
· The high fiber content of the precast elements avoids macrocracking, providing an improved solution compared to ordinary concrete
· The capacity developing UHPC with local materials allows a more competitive price compared to commercial pre-bags suitable in the market
· The structures and elements can be redesigned to take the full advantage of the properties of these new materials. The lighter the element, the easier the storage in the production plant.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
IPs:
Secret Know-how,Trade Marks

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The company searches, among others, for companies from the sector of precast concrete industry, modular housing, construction sector, civil engineering, industrial sector, security sector, offshore and blue-growth sector, mining sector and energy sector to implement or manufacture UHPC structures or elements that provide more value than the current solution (steel, ordinary concrete, wood, polyethylene...), boosting the sector competitiveness.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME 11-49
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
Croatian
English
French
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
07003001 Acuacultura
02007002 Building materials
02006005 Construction maintenance and monitoring methods & equipment
02006001 Materials, components and systems for construction
07003002 Pescado / pescaderías / tecnologías pesqueras