High Performance Concrete (HPC) is the latest
development in concrete technology. Featuring increased strength
and workability, HPC is rapidly replacing the High-Strength Concrete
(HSC) developed in the early 1980's in applications like high-rise
buildings, bridges, and structures under severe exposure conditions.
At the same time, the need for modelling strategies for structural
and durability analyses has never been more relevant.
This project was focused on developing a comprehensive
modelling system for tailoring concrete to specific performance
requirements. It led to improvements in concrete mixing technologies,
new software for selecting the best concrete mixture for a given
project, and prediction models for concrete deterioration mechanisms.
The project has allowed prime partner
Bouygues the opportunity to invest in a concrete mixing pilot plant,
and to establish a dedicated unit which is now continuing to work
on the optimization of concrete formulations. The company is now
successfully exploiting its new modelling system, both locally in
Europe and abroad.