Project: Recycled aggregates for 3D printed concrete structures

Acronym Recycl3D (Reference Number: JTC-2021_089)
Project Topic Construction & Demolition Waste (CDW) represents one of the most relevant materials flows globally and ambitious goals for its management were set by the EU. Nonetheless, market uptake of recycling and recovery products from CDW is still lacking. In particular, the fine recycled aggregates (fRA) are still the most under-used component without a clear entry point into the circular economy model. The recovery/recycling of CDW can be improved by developing its use in higher-grade applications through innovation and emerging technologies. In this context, the Recycl3D (Recycled aggregates for 3D printed concrete structures) project aims at maximizing the recovery of fRA derived from CDW and valorizing it as an essential constituent in the fabrication of new concrete elements through innovative 3D printing technologies. Therefore, Recycl3D tackles the challenges of sustainability (circular economy) and innovation (additive manufacturing) of current relevance for the construction industry. The actions within Recycl3D will facilitate the entry of fRA from CDW into the circular economy value-chain and at the same time increase the material efficiency and lead to higher added value. Then, the mechanical, durability and service-life of 3D-RAC elements (considering also their recoverability and recyclability) could be consistently predicted and, consequently, the barriers for future market uptake can be addressed by designing and optimizing 3D-RAC structural prototypes and testing them in relevant environments. These outcomes will directly impact both the scientific and industrial communities at both the global/European level and the national/regional one. The project consists of Applied/Industrial Research activities in the fields of sustainable construction materials & structures and additive manufacturing performed by a carefully tailored Consortium that ensures a multidisciplinary and complementary expertise needed to significantly advance current knowledge.
Network ERA-MIN3
Call ERA-MIN3 Joint Call 2021

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Univerisity of Salerno Coordinator Italy
2 Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Partner Spain
3 c5Lab Partner Portugal
4 Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia civil Partner Portugal
5 West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin Partner Poland
6 BETOTEST POLSKA Sp. z o.o. Partner Poland
7 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Partner Brazil
8 Arizona State University Partner United States