Advanced Concrete Engineering – WEC (“ACE-WEC”)
Innosea Ltd, Black & Veatch Ltd, University of Dundee, David Kerr Engineering Consultant Ltd
In recent years, a number of new concrete material technologies and manufacturing processes have been developed for a wide range of terrestrial or specialised applications. These include: advanced concrete mixes allowing moderate local tensile capacity; fibre reinforced concretes both internal to the mix and externally applied; modern reinforcement materials to address corrosion; advanced jointing technologies between concrete and steel components; and flexible ‘low-or-no’ formwork manufacturing using 3-D printing. The combination of a range of established and novel techniques, and optimisation of designs for them in an Advance Concrete Engineering – WEC project is designed to yield step reductions in the added manufacturing costs of concrete WEC structures, allowing them to quickly approach the low cost asymptotes offered by concrete as a primary material.