Self Healing Concrete

Self Healing Materials is a new research area that gets a lot of attention in recent years. Self Healing Concrete is a term that is used for cement-based materials that repair themselves after the material or structure gets damaged due to some sort of deterioration mechanism.

In this blog we will update you on the progress of the Self Healing Concrete projects running in the section Materials & Environment and the Microlab of the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University.


This blog contains a description of the running projects that are financed by AgentschapNL, DCMat, STW and industrial partners. Also a page "Literature & Videos" is included where a lot of publications can be found.


Friday, 19 April 2013

Self Healing goes for "Academische Jaarprijs 2013"

This afternoon we have a workshop "Communication" at NWO for the competition "Academische Jaarprijs 2013". Of course we are very positive that we will win this price.
You can follow our progress in the competition on the website of the Academische Jaarprijs 2013.

Ugo Lafont talks about self healing....

Our colleague at Delft University from the Aerospace Engineering Faculty gave an interview to a French Magazine "Le Journal du Dimanche" in which he also talks about Concrete and Asphalt.


Click on the image to read the full article.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Interview Concrete.TV with Erik online

To watch the interview that Concrete.TV had with Erik on Self Healing Concrete can now be seen online; just click on the image:


Thursday, 6 December 2012

TEDxDelft talk Erik on youtube

You can watch the talk that Erik gave @ TEDxDelft in October on self healing asphalt on youtube

Sunday, 4 November 2012

zombie animals, martian methane and self healing buildings

sometimes you find funny articles on the internet about our work:

It might sound like the start to a terrible joke, but what happens when a microbiologist and a concrete technologist get together? The answer is a special mix of the popular building material, that might be able to "heal" itself.

read the complete article here

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Special Issue JACT self healing

The Japan Concrete Institute published a special issue on Self Healing of Cementitious Materials.
You can download the aricles from here. In the special issue there is a publication on our Porous Network Concrete.

EU-FP7 project HEALCON

A new project will start in January 2013 on "Self-healing concrete to create durable and sustainable concrete structures".

It is funded by EU-FP7. The coordinator of the project is Prof. Nele de Belie from Ghent University. Our group from the Microlab at TU-Delft will take part in this project as well as TU-Munchen en various research institutes and inductrial partners from all over Europe.

As soon as we get any fancy results we will let you know.

BBC-News: re-healable concrete

The BBC posted an article on their NEWS-website on Science and Environment.
The title of the item is:
"Key test for re-healable concrete"
You can read the article here.
More info on self healing material is given on another BBC-webpage.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Best Paper Award

This week we attended with several people the ICCRRR 2012 conference and RILEM week in Cape Town South Africa. We had 4 presentations on our Self Healing projects by Henk, Lupita, Virginie and Senot.
Senot Sangadji won the Best Student Paper Award at the conference with his paper "Porous network concrete,  Novel concept of healable concrete".

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Best Paper Award at JCI-conference

Sanjay Pareek who is a guest Professor in the Microlab this year won the Best Paper Award at the anual conference of JCI (Japan Concrete Institute). For this BEST paper he worked with his team in Japan (at Nihon University) on Self Healing applications for Reinforced Concrete Structures.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

AWARD for Bacterial Concrete

Yesterday the Bacterial Concrete won an AWARD of the Imagine School Competition.
4 High-school students (Jeroen Goedhart, Ruben Boelens, Stijn Jagers op Akkerhuis, Roel Oldenkamp)
from R.S.G Pantarijn in Wageningen performed a research project under supervision of Virginie and Henk to develop a special Self Healing Bacterial Concrete to be used in Ecuador for concrete water irrigation systems.

The award consists of flight tickets for the research team to visit the site in Ecuador and inspect the construction of the irrigation system.


The photo below is taken during the presentation of the project by the students and shows why self healing concrete is needed.

Lupita will give Seminar on Self Healing in Mexico.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Upscaling Bacterial Concrete

Renee made a nice poster to present her project on upscaling the Bacterial Concrete.
Click on the images to see a larger version.

Microdurability Conference Amsterdam

Did you know that we are organising a conference on Microdurability in April in Amsterdam. There will be several presentations on self healing materials!

Self Healing Concrete visits Malaysia and Indonesia

Next week Erik will be in Malaysia and Indonesia where he is invited to participate in a workshop and a conference on Durability and Sustainabity of Materials. Self Healing Materials will be the topic of his presentations.
Click on the image to find out more on the workshop and click here for the program of the conference in Indonesia. Senot will also be at the conference in Indonesia to present the Porous Network Concrete.


BETONICA Webinar

Today Erik gave a Webinar on Self Healing Concrete and Asphalt for Betonica.
You can watch back the webinar on the website of Betonica.

The presentation you can download here.

Injection of Healing Agent.

Senot made a nice movie of the injection of healing agent in the porous network concrete. Enjoy!
video

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Self Healing Conference GHENT 2013

WEBINAR self healing 27/02/2012

On 27/02/2012, at 12h00 Central European time, a Webinar will be held by Dr. Ir. E. Schlangen from 12:00-12:30 on the subject of RILEM TC 221 self healing. 
Those wanting to participate are kindly invited to confirm this to kristof.caubergs@bbri.be

Self Healing Materials is a new research area that gets a lot of attention in recent years. Self Healing Concrete is a term that is used for cement-based materials that repair themselves after the material or structure gets damaged due to some sort of deterioration mechanism.

In the webinar an update will be given on the progress of the Self Healing Concrete projects running in the section Materials & Environment and the Microlab of the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University. Furthermore also the work being undertaken in the context of the RILEM TC 221 on Self Healing will be highlighted.