ESR: Alexandru Pirvan

Host: HTC (PhD awarded by EPFL)

Start date: January 1, 2018



Objectives:

The objectives are:

  • To develop means by which laboratory scale production of carefully controlled hydrates can be up-scaled to an industrial production environment & conditions.
  • To engineer materials with optimised microstructure for transport properties as well as mechanical properties, these materials composed of C-S-H manufactured using industrial by-products.
  • To verify the findings from sub-particle size microstructure as understood from ESR projects 1 to 8.

Expected Results:

  • Month 12: Screening of suitable production methods for large scale production complete;
  • Month 21: Up-scaled samples with variable composition produced using the production method selected;
  • Month 30: Characterisation of transport properties of the different samples complete;
  • Month 39: Link made between chemical and mineralogical composition of engineered hydrates and desired properties for high volume production

Planned Secondments

  • 4 months at EPFL: Training in research methods and techniques; start month 1.
  • 2 months at EPFL: Training in research methods and techniques; start month