Seminar - Bhushan Karihaloo (Cardiff University) - CARDIFRC – From Concept to Industrial Application (Fibre Reinforced Concrete)
Friday 22 August 2008, 1.10 - 1.55 pm
Civil Engineering Lecture Theatre 3
This talk will describe how an ultra high performance fibre reinforced cement-based composite was conceived and developed based on fundamental micromechanical relationships between the mix/fibre parameters and macromechanical properties (strength, toughness, and stiffness) and how the conflict between strength and toughness inherent to cement-based materials was resolved. It will then describe how the theoretical mixes had to be modified to achieve workable practical mixes and how this led to the patented class of mixes known under the trade name CARDIFRC. Finally, it will describe what changes had to be made to CARDIFRC in order to make it a commercially competitive product and how this latter is being used in place of steel by a leading UK construction company.
Bhushan Lal Karihaloo FIEAus MASME FASCE is a professor of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering and Leader of the Institute of Theoretical, Applied and Computational Mechanics at Cardiff University, and an expert on fracture mechanics.
Bhushan Lal Karihaloo received his Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree with First Class Honours and Gold Medal from the University of Ranchi, Master of Technology in Structural Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Doctor of Philosophy from Moscow Civil Engineering University, and Doctor of Engineering from the University of Sydney.
Bhushan was a Professor in Civil Engineering at The University of Sydney until leaving in the early 1990s. We welcome Bhushan back for his visit.