Smart and reinforced concrete materials can provide various functional benefits for buildings and construction. These concrete structures help the construction and building structures achieve a maximum service life without the need of frequent maintenance and rehabilitation activities. Smart and reinforced concrete is emerging as a one-stop solution that can contribute effectively in extending the service life of construction and even infrastructure applications. There are extensive research activities to develop various types of reinforced concrete to reduce cost and enhanced durability. Attributes such as self-crack healing, self-monitoring, thermal conductivity, and providing mechanical strength to structures are the key factors for adoption of reinforced concrete across the globe.
The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials.
The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries.
Keywords: Construction, smart concrete, reinforced cement, self-sensing nanocomposites, self-healing, carbon nanotubes, carbon fiber, asphalt, ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC)