The main aim of endure is to train researchers in the underlying principles so as to address the major S/T challenges and practical problems in the use of composite materials as internal reinforcement for new constructions and external strengthening solution for existing structures and infrastructure. This will be achieved through a combination of research training and industry guidance.
endure will aim:
- To address the specific S/T challenges in the field and develop tests, models and advanced guidelines to help with the standardisation process.
- To bridge the gap between academia and industry and increase the competitiveness of the European composite and construction industry worldwide.
The specific objectives of endure are:
- To create the environment for delivering the best training for young researchers and further development of experienced researchers and to address their specific development needs.
- To enable young researchers through their training and mobility to “cross-pollinate” industry and academia.
- To provide comprehensive solutions to current S/T challenges and support the development of standards, tests and models.
- To investigate the potential of new composite materials for applications in construction.
- To develop innovative and sustainable strengthening techniques so as to improve or restore the performance of existing structures, including historic monuments and heritage buildings.
- To assist the European advanced composites industry to identify improvements (including recyclability) and new uses for their materials for applications in construction.
- To gather and maintain databases of information for the benefit of the wide research/industry community.
- To maintain an update on the state-of-the-art in the field.
- To disseminate the research findings and guidelines.