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Group of advanced materials for the durable repair and rehabilitation of damaged industrial floors.

The r&d project proposes the development, production and
marketing of a competitive system of two linked groups of
new, high performance flooring materials for the repair of
damage to industrial floors of every thickness.

The problems related to the design and construction or repair of industrial pavements are wide-ranging and complex. The use of traditional materials and techniques are now limited due to the increasingly great demands for quality performance and the characteristics of industrial pavements. The current approach to the design and construction of industrial pavements is based on wide, mostly negative experience which has been acquired over time. It does not take into account very important considerations of correct design and placing of materials as well as the preparation of each new layer to be placed over the previous one, regardless of whether it is old or new. The use of traditional flooring materials such as normal concrete, different mortars, etc., allows industrial floors to be built as a series of layers of relative thickness with convenient but not top quality materials which limit the construction possibilities. There are now many special demands regarding surface quality such as flatness with a very high level of tolerance, hardness, electrical conductivity, the anti-skid effect and chemical resistance because of advanced production and storage technologies. Investors' demands for very high quality pavement and damage to poor quality industrial floors mean the number of industrial floors in need of repair is increasing. The problematics of the design and construction of new industrial pavements is the same or sometimes less complex than for the repair or reconstruction of damaged ones and this is the reason for focusing R & D activities in this project proposal on developing improved materials and expertise to carry out durable repairs or rehabilitate damaged industrial floors. Reseasrch work in Europe has never really focused on the problems of industrial floors. Because of the need for more information about industrial floors, the First International Colloquium on Industrial Floors was organised in 1987 by Dr. Peter Seidler and the TECHNICAL ACADEMY, Esslingen, GERMANY and repeated in 1991, 1995 and 1999. In September 1999 the General Council of RILEM (INTERNATIONAL UNION OF TESTING AND RESEARCH LABORATORIES FOR MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES) founded the first technical committee: TC IFE - Industrial Floors with Withstanding Harsh Environmental Attacks, including Repair and Maintenance, with the goal of preparing a state-of-the-art report. According to our information, the problems of industrial floors have never before been preposed for inclusion in the research and technological development programmes of the EUROPEAN UNION. Keywords: flooring materials, industrial floors, repair.
Acronym: 
INDUSTRIAL FLOOR
Project ID: 
2 345
Start date: 
01-05-2000
Project Duration: 
60months
Project costs: 
1 440 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Building Materials, Components and Methods
Market Area: 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.