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Concrete Infrastructure Research Group (CIRG)

 

  

Our Mission

Infrastructure and the built environment represent valuable assets providing lifelines for society. Within the UK alone, the infrastructure pipeline until 2020/2021 represents a planned expenditure of £466 billion (National Infrastructure Plan, 2014). Globally the required infrastructure investment until 2030 has been estimated at $57 trillion (McKinsey Global Institute, 2013).

The overarching aim of CIRG research is to provide more sustainable infrastructure. This is achieved through an improved understanding of existing infrastructure assets, the use of new materials and the creation of innovative structural solutions.  Our priority is to investigate novel ways to combine these systems for further advantage.

 

 

Our Approach

We undertake fundamental analytical and experimental underpinning research, including theoretical development, numerical simulations, non-linear finite element analyses, and material, component and large-scale experimentation to inform a better understanding of the global system performance of reinforced concrete, new materials and advanced concrete elements. The resulting experimental evidence and predictive capability leads to strategies to extend the lifetime of existing structures and for the creation of more durable infrastructure for future generations.