The EPSRC funded Resilient Materials 4 Life (RM4L) programme grant will change not only our approach to civil engineering design but also our engagement with industry and the resilience of our construction materials.
The Resilient Materials 4 Life (RM4L) programme has a clear vision to transform the Nation’s built environment through the provision of a sustainable and resilient infrastructure, using low carbon, adaptable and sustainable construction materials. This will have an impact on all aspects of our infrastructure. The science and engineering emerging from this combination of fundamental and application‐focused research will change not only the construction industry’s approach to civil engineering design but also its engagement with science and engineering research and the benefits that this can bring.
Viaduct in construction (South Wales – UK)
The built environment is considered to be a synonym for comfort and safety. However every year £1 billion is budgeted to maintain and repair damage to the UK’s infrastructure. RM4L aims to create smart materials that will adapt to their environment, develop immunity to harmful actions, self-diagnose deterioration and self-heal when damaged. A consortium of over 30 researchers and students from 4 UK universities will provide valuable insights into fundamental research on innovative construction materials and a strong collaboration with more than 20 international industrial partners will facilitate the scaling-up, marketing and commercialization of these resilient materials for the construction industry.
“Activities ranging from experimental research to modelling and simulation will enable building materials to be designed and manufactured that can to adapt to their environment and ensure long-term reliability over the life-cycle of the structure that they comprise.”
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Science Minister, Jo Johnson said:
The Resilient Materials 4 Life project is a great example of research being used to find solutions and improve ways of working.
Professor Bob Lark, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Cardiff University and former Principal Investigator for the programme, said:
This is a wonderful opportunity to build on the exciting findings of M4L to ensure that we address the full range of complex damage and response scenarios that are experienced by construction materials.
We are confident that our research will have a significant impact on the sustainability of our infrastructure and we are very grateful to EPSRC for their vote of confidence in what we are endeavouring to achieve.