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The Center for Multifunctional Nanocomposite Construction Materials (CMNCM, PO LEI YLIKA) has established a successful, multidisciplinary approach to issues of technological importance at the forefront of materials research. The overall goal, common to all three Research Groups, is to produce the design principles for a new generation of multifunctional cement based nanocomposite/textile reinforced materials with substantially increased mechanical properties and durability:

In that aspect, the goals of the Center for Multifunctional Nanocomposite Construction Materials are the following:

1.     Develop and optimize advanced cement based nanocomposites reinforced with CNTs and/or CNFs to make recommendations for the highest quality product

2.     Design and optimization of multi-functional textile/cementitious composites

3.     Study and simulate the failure mechanism of the nanocomposites and hybrid mixes to explore the methods by which different fibers interact and bond with the matrix to further improve the properties at the nanoscale

4.     Investigation of the effect of increased fracture toughness of nanocomposites on the mechanical properties of structural elements

5.     Develop multi-functional smart cementitious nanocomposites to be used in non destructive evaluation of structural health

6.     Develop a new advanced processing method for using CNTs/CNFs admixture in industry, producing similar increases in the mechanical properties of the nanocomposites as achieved in the laboratory

 

 These research themes reappear in each Research Group described below:

Research Group I: Development of Multifunctional Smart Cementitious Nanocomposites

The first Research Group aims to develop and optimize advanced cement based nanocomposites reinforced with CNTs and/or CNFs with exceptional mechanical and durability properties.  Additionally, by taking advantage of the excellent electromechanical characteristics of CNTs and CNFs, new multifunctional CNT/cement nanocomposites with smart properties for non destructive health monitoring of concrete structures, damage evaluation and traffic monitoring are expected to be developed.  Read more >>

 

Research Group II: Mathematical Simulation of the Failure Mechanism of the Nanocomposites

The second Research Group considers the mathematical simulation of the failure mechanism of the nanocomposites and hybrid mixes and the exploration of the methods by which different nanofibers interact and bond with the matrix to further improve the properties at the nanoscale. Read more >>

 

Research Group III: Design and Optimization of Multifunctional Textile Cementitious Composites

The third Research Group focuses on the optimization of TRC as reinforcement of mortars and concrete, with and without nanofibers, and to develop new methods for anti- seismic reinforcement in infrastructure using nanocomposites in conjunction with textile reinforcement (Textile Reinforced NanoModified Mortars).   Read more >>