In compliance with the key strategic objective of the DeConcrete project, the works were carried out in close cooperation between all project partners (Russia, Norway, Finland). The experimental results obtained during the project are reflected in five research papers, reports, presentations, and recommendations. The experts took part in more than 10 seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and meetings organized to present the project objectives.
Scientific results of the projects were discussed with the Norwegian Cold Concrete Cluster (N3C) – an assembly of industry partners comprising almost 60 companies. As a result, reuse of concrete structures and elements, as well as recycling of concrete, were adopted among the focus areas in the cluster’s strategy for future work. Arctic Oil Tools AS participated in the concept design of the new deconstruction technique.
Laboratory tests were carried out to analyze the strength of granulates and RCA in order to focus on utilization of fine concrete powder, which has always been a problematic issue in crushed concrete handling.
The building industry is becoming increasingly supportive of recycling by implementing new practices with an emphasis on circular material flow and circular economy.
Research, tests, and measurements within the project were carried out by making use of the unique scientific equipment purchased with the financial support from the Kolarctic programme.
During the summer “holidays”, the DeConcrete team will continue research, testing and dissemination. The work will concentrate on the durability of concrete with partial replacement of RCA and on carbon capture in concrete. One of the team members will join the Young Concrete Researchers, Engineers and Technologist Symposium (YCRETS).