In 2010 a new expert centre for constructions to the infrastructure was established. The centre’s activities are focused on durability aspect of reinforced concrete constructions exposed to severe environmental conditions, e.g. tunnels, bridges and off shore windmills subjected to sea water, de-icing salts and freeze/thaw. These structures are difficult and costly to construct and maintain. Denmark as well as other European countries face huge future challenges not only regarding the construction of new infrastructure, but also with respect to maintenance and repair of the existing worn down infrastructure. It is estimated that the annual turnover in EU related to the physical infrastructure is around 0,3 trillion EURO, corresponding to 2-3 % of the GNP.
The centre is based on a close cooperation between the Concrete Centre at Danish Technological Institute and the Department of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. The aim is to combine and utilize complementary competences and laboratory facilities and to carry out collaborative PhD, post-doc and master projects.
The expert centre is co-financed by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation for 2½ years. It is the ambition is to continue the cooperation based on funding from EUs 7th and 8th framework programme after the national grant period.
Highway bridge at Give cast with self-compacting concrete