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Micro-capsules and bacteria to be used in self-healing concrete

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A new research project involving researchers from Bath aims to develop novel self-healing concrete that uses an inbuilt immune system to close its own wounds and prevent deterioration.

The life of concrete structures is reduced when the material cracks and water is able to get at the steel reinforcement, causing rust and degradation.
The project is funded by a £2m EPSRC grant, matched by an additional industrial contribution of just over £1 million, and will involve our researchers in collaboration with Cardiff University (the lead partner) and the University of Cambridge.

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