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Modular construction of Green structural components for low-cost housing

Project objectives

  • To develop novel and environmentally-friendly geo-polymeric binders produced completely from CDW by considerably less energy-intensive, more economical and easily applicable techniques of alkali-activation for green concrete production.
  • To assess and optimise the mechanical/durability properties of green concrete materials from the developed geo-polymeric binders and aggregates acquired completely from CDW to maximize the amount of reused/recycled CDW.
  • To develop and test a dry connection between reinforced concrete prefabricated components in such a way that all elements can be demounted for reuse in other buildings.
  • To carry out physical tests on different structural components of the proposed reusable structural system to identify possible failure modes, deformation and resistance.
  • To carry out finite element simulation of various elements in the proposed structural system and connections, including a comprehensive parametric study to establish their behaviour.
Engineering style laboratory


Papers published

  1. Ulugöl, H., Kul, A., Yıldırım, G., Şahmaran, M., Aldemir, A., Figueira, D., Ashour, A., Mechanical and microstructural characterization of geopolymers from assorted construction and demolition waste-based masonry and glass, (2021) Journal of Cleaner Production
  2. Yıldırım, G., Kul, A., Özçelikci, E., Şahmaran, M., Aldemir, A., Figueira, D., Ashour, A., Development of alkali-activated binders from recycled mixed masonry-originated waste, (2021) Journal of Building Engineering.

Extension of the project


Dissemination activities to publicise the Newton Prize 2020 awarded here:

Professor Ashour (UK side) and Dr Gürkan Yıldırım (Turkish side) have applied and been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF), Horizon 2020 funded by the European Commission to continue this work, 894100, CodeDEMO. This fellowship will allow the research fellow, Dr Gürkan Yıldırım, to spend two years at the University of Bradford under the supervision of Professor Ashour, to work in as extension of the current project, magnifying impact and significance of the project.

Meet the team