Understanding the behavior of materials in their environment
During their life cycle, the properties of structural materials change. Their implementation involves thermochemical and/or mechanical processes. This results in a state of stress or even initial damage, to which early physical-chemical and mechanical loads can be added. During the service life of the structure, the materials continue to evolve under the effect of environmental actions and mechanical stresses. In modern structural design codes, the service life of structures is defined as the period of serviceability. In an engineering approach, this implies to control the ageing of materials or their durability, so that they give the structure the expected level of reliability throughout its life. Taking into account the societal issues associated with the various stages of the life of materials and structures implies innovations or even technological breakthroughs (link with the TRU “Green engineering approaches”), in the composition of materials used (low-carbon materials, recycled materials, bio-sourced, etc.) and processes.
The objective of the TRU Processes and durability of materials and structures (DURPRO) is to understand and predict the evolution and life span of existing and future structures. Its originality consists in studying the relationships between the composition, the implementation processes and the durability of materials. The approaches developed in the TRU are based on experimentation and modeling and consider in particular the couplings between physical-chemical and mechanical stresses.
FIELDS OF APPLICATION
- Civil Engineering (cementitious materials)
- Aeronautics and naval (composite materials, assemblies)
- Marine Renewable Energy – multi-material structures
- Energy production, transport and storage infrastructures
ACADEMIC AND INDUSTRIAL COOPERATIONS
- ANR CO2NCRETE – CO2 Uptake by Accelerated Carbonation of Recycled Concrete Aggregates – CO2NCRETE (2021-2025)
- MONAMOOR – Monitoring of polyamide mooring lines (2020-2024)
- CEAUCOMP – Modelling of coupling between water diffusion and mechanical loading in composite materials (2018-2021)
- Projet National PERFDUB – Performance-based approach of durability of concrete (and concrete structures) (2015-2022)
TRU coordinators : Prof. Ouali Amiri, Prof. Emmanuel Rozière
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