Boupda Astrid MSc Structural Engineering, tests the Lytag product
The new testing lab at UEL will work with industry leaders such as JP Concrete and Lytag Lightweight Solutions to test the structural performance of their self-healing concrete products by measuring the penetrability of water within the concrete cracks.
The lab was opened at an event hosted by Professor David Tann, dean of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Professor Abbas and special guests including Vighnesh Daas director of innovation and sustainability at JP Concrete and Barry Mellor, commercial and technical manager at Lytag Lightweight Solutions.
The facilities will provide students with opportunities to work with industry leading products and develop and test their own work. The results of testing self-healing concrete will also be reflected in our curriculum.
"A key challenge facing the construction industry is that we cannot keep using the same the materials which are no longer sustainable," said Barry.
"The aim of our collaboration with UEL is to enable specifiers and contractors to test materials within the built environment that focus on sustainability within construction products.
"UEL's labs and facilities will allow new combinations of materials, such as Lytag which is made from a Power Station by product, to have a quantifiable value to the construction industry," he continued.
"Our collaboration with UEL is a good example of how industry and academia can come together to address key challenges such as those from climate change and to ensure the construction industry responds with suitable solutions,” added Vighnesh.
For more information see our engineering course pages at the University of East London.