The ERICA research programme is divided into 3 Work Packages with 13 projects:
This work package addresses three scientific challenges associated with understanding: C‑S‑H microstructure; and hydrates with other oxide compositional mix. The aim is to make, characterise and model “as grown” controlled-composition hydrates. It is addressed by the work of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) 1 to 3.
It is now well established that there are significant reversible and irreversible structural changes that occur when hydrates are dried and re-wet. Most recently, it has become apparent that there are dynamic relaxation effects too. These processes impact applications but are simply not understood. This WP aims to understand them through the work of ESRs 4 to 8.
Applications of hydrates generally focus on particle agglomerates at a larger structural scale. Transport of water and small ions into and out of the agglomerates is invariably important and is known to be anomalous. This WP therefore addresses the two remaining challenges identified in the aims, water transport and upscaling for applications, through the work of ESRs 9-13.