About the research
This project is focused on developing a concrete alternative functionally more effective for hydropower facilities. The objective is to find a mix from a set of combinations of different materials (proposed matrix) that will be capable of reducing shrinkage in concrete. Moreover, basalt fiber reinforcements will be included in the selected sample in order to determine reduction of macro cracks to micro cracks so that water tightness is increased in structures. Another important objective is to look at how sustainable the mix will be in terms of reduction of the carbon footprint into the atmosphere by cement and steel minimization/eradication. The final goal of the project is to make the product as cost effective as possible.