Self sensing graphene/cement based nanocomposites for structural integrity monitoring
"Department of Financial and Management Engineering, University of the Aegean
The main objective is the implementation of novel nanomaterials for the development of multifunctional nanocomposite cement based materials that besides their mechanical performance enhancement can themselves be used as sensors to monitor the structural health of structures. Contrary to traditional approaches that require the use of high-cost attached sensors, this proposal is focused on developing a smart material that itself can be simultaneously used as a construction material and a strain/damage sensor of structural components. To achieve this goal, highly conductive innovative nanomaterials, such as nano-graphene platelets as well as PVA fibers with incorporated carbon nanotubes, will be efficiently dispersed into the cementitious matrix. The final product will provide critical information essential for public safety, e.g. real time sensing on damage initiation and evolution in buildings, bridges, tunnels and other civil engineering applications as well as in the restoration of Monuments of Greek Cultural Heritage.
This project was evaluated and funded as part of the Foundation’s effort to support research teams with all their members being under 40 years old.
Nikolaos Alexopoulos, Lecturer, Department of Financial and Management Engineering, University of the Aegean
Evangelos Favvas, Specialist, Department of Physical Chemistry, NCSR "Demokritos"
Célia Mercader, Research and Development Engineer, Technological Center for Advanced Materials and Composites in Aquitaine Region, France