Cement acts as the binder in ordinary concrete and provides, once hydrated, the mechanical resistance to the material. During the cement production, large amounts of CO2 are released to the atmosphere. Considering the enormous quantities of concrete used in the construction sector each year, the contribution of the such-released CO2 to global warming is essential. Clinker-free binders, such as the alkali-activated materials, with low associated CO2 footprint have turned out to be a promising alternative.
Fundamental research in several fields ( of materials science on several length scales, spanning from nano- up to macroscopic levels, as well as for several material ages, spanning from very early material ages up to mature states, is needed to assess, understand and predict the behaviour of AAMs. We follow a truly interdisciplinary strategy to achieve the objectives of the Interact Project. The project contains both experimental and modeling approaches. The work is subdivided into six work packages, among which frutiful cooperations are established.
The Interact Project is fully funded by the belgian Excellence of Science Program.