The present course is the fifth of six intensive courses given as part of the TRANSCEND Initial Training Network, which is a programme funded by the European Community with an emphasis on mobility. The TRANSCEND MC-ITN supports 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) over a period of four years.
The objective of the course is to introduce the participants to performance testing of concrete and to discuss their application in practice in relation to current knowledge on the microstructure and properties of cementitious materials.
In this course we will present the latest thinking on the way the microstructure of concrete forms and how it determines the transport of species into the concrete. This section will include new results emerging from the TRANSCEND project and the wider work of Nanocem.
This will be linked to current approaches to performance based design and evaluation with lectures from leading practioners in the field from North America (Jacques Marchand of Simco) and Europe (Intron).
With this combination of lectures we aim to bridge the gap between the latest advances in understanding cementitious materials and practical application