Materials for circular economy
is an international research project focused on developing new materials supporting the circular economy, and is financially supported by the EU funded M-ERA.NET network established to support and increase coordination of European research programs. The project is developed in cooperation with Gerosion, Cracow University of Technology, GORTECH, Babeș-Bolyai University, Czech Technical University in Prague, CHEMSTR - ŠAFAŘÍK company, ReforceTech AS, and aims to develop new fiber reinforced eco - friendly geopolymer composites for civil engineering applications.
The principal drivers for the GEOSUMAT concept are:
• Re-use of local waste resources to support local businesses and contribute to circular economy principles
• Achieve CO2 production reductions through the replacement of concrete in construction applications and its capture during casting and curing stages
• Encourage preservation of natural resources.
In addition, to investigate and improve the mechanical and functional properties of the material, a study of hybrid reinforcement using glass minibars, basalt fibers and waste polymer materials used as fibers. The resulting GPs composites will be for civil engineering applications such as precast elements predominantly for marine ambient applications and industrial floors.