Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK)

SRI ValBio

ILEK in the SRI ValBio.

The Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) has many years of experience in the field of resource-saving construction and materials technology. The concept of graded concrete originated at the institute, in which the weight of load-bearing concrete components is minimized by a stress-appropriate internal material distribution. For this purpose, a variety of manufacturing processes have been developed, including the spray application of micrograded concrete, the placement of hollow concrete spheres, and the use of water-soluble sand formwork. Since spring 2020, Lucio Blandini has been the new head of the institute, placing a special emphasis on the topic of circular economy. Among the latest developments is the research branch of bioconcrete. In this potentially CO2-neutral material, the aggregate is bound by calcium carbonate crystals precipitated by the activity of bacteria.

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