Concrete is the second most used material in the world after water and is our primary building material. As Australia and the region face major concrete challenges the SmartCrete CRC aims to provide innovative, practical end use outcomes to the industry.
The goal of the SmartCrete CRC is to guarantee the long-term viability of the vital concrete infrastructure in Australia while leveraging concrete sector efforts to meet global sustainability targets. The CRC will propose new technologies and capabilities for the engineered design and advanced manufacturing of concrete products as well as apply high quality, cooperative research to generate practical outcomes for industry.
As a member of the SmartCrete CRC RMIT will contribute to and support collaborations between academia, engineers, producers and end users that aims to solve real world concrete issues. Employing a whole of life approach to all stages in the concrete product cycle, the SmartCrete CRC has research programs that represent:
Engineered Solutions program
Focused on improving the way we engineer concrete structures and includes development of smart cladding, reduced noise pavements, 3-d printed concrete structures, lightweight concretes and safety in design.
Asset Management program
Concerned with the way we manage our concrete assets and includes development of sensing systems to monitor structural health and usage and inform lifetime models.
Includes bio-concrete, use of artificial aggregate, CO2 absorbing concrete, luminescent concrete, energy producing concrete, waste disposal in concrete and cement less concrete.
Concerned with the development of self-healing, fire resistance stronger and more durable concrete.
This program includes recycling and reuse.
If you would like any further information about our work or how you can be involved, please contact the Research Partnerships and Initiatives team via email@example.com.
Acknowledgement of country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer