3D printed mold

April 9, 2020

3D printed mold

A partner of the Ghrante project managed to successfully 3D print a mold that can be use to cast various NGCS  road profiles. Ghrante project is one step closer to develop a new generation concrete road with a high initial noise reduction. see more

Work of PhD student published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling

March 1, 2020

Work of PhD student published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling

Jorn Van De Sande, the PhD student of the Ghrante project, investigated the reactivity of various non-ferrous metallurgy slags and identified the most suitable slag composition for synthesis of inorganic polymers. His work entitled: “Upcycling of non-ferrous metallurgy slag: Identifying the most reactive slag for inorganic polymer construction materials” was published in the Journal of Resources, Conservation and Recycling. read more

Inorganic Polymer samples produced in a high-throughput way

January 7, 2020

Inorganic Polymer samples produced in a high-throughput way

The high-throughput sample production campaign for inorganic polymers was launched. In the current configuration Flamac is able to produce 15 different mix-designs a day, corresponding to about 180 samples.

Hands-on training at Flamac

October 17, 2019

Hands-on training at Flamac

KU Leuven and VUB attended a full day hands-on training given by Flamac. The training was focused on the understanding of the high-throughput screening method. A guided tour through the Flamac laboratories was accompanied by in-detailed and precise explanation of possibilities and necessities of each process step.  Eventually, the production of hybrid binder samples was shown. see more

PhD students of Ghrante at EUROSLAG 2019

October 8, 2019

PhD students of Ghrante at EUROSLAG 2019

PhD students working in Ghrante project were accepted to present their studies conducted within the frame of Ghrante project at the upcoming 10th European Slag Conference in Thessaloniki. Jorn Van De Sande will present results on: “Thermal behaviour of inorganic polymers synthesised from Fe-rich slags” and Roberto E. Murillo Alarcón will present the work focused on porous inorganic polymers entitled: “Mixed Na+, K+ alkaline activators for the synthesis of Fe-rich slag based porous inorganic polymers”

Presentation at EMI International Conference

July 3, 2019

Presentation at EMI International Conference

Jorn Van De Sande presented his work on “Hybrid cements made of engineered CaO-Al2O3-FeOx-SiO2 slags” at the EMI International Conference at INSA Lyon, France. This event was a forum to present the newest findings and to depict the future development in Engineering Mechanics as the core discipline of science-enabled Civil and Mechanical Engineering understood in the broadest sense. see more

Ghrante industrial board meeting

June 21, 2019

Ghrante industrial board meeting

The 2nd industrial board meeting of Ghrante project went on in the 3Hoog meeting center in Leuven on June 21st 2019. In front of the audience composed of various industries, the project partners took the chance to show the progress within the first year of the project. The given presentations were supported by an installation made from samples produced within the Ghrante project.

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First mechanically foamed inorganic polymers

June 13, 2019

First mechanically foamed inorganic polymers

During the research stay at the Univeristy of Oulu, the PhD students managed to produced the  mechanically foamed inorganic polymers.

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Ghrante at SIM user forum 2019

May 22, 2019

Ghrante at SIM user forum 2019

Phd students, Jorn Van De Sande and Roberto E. Murillo Alarcon, presented their work within the Ghrante project at SIM user forum in Ghent.

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Research stay at University of Oulu, Finland

May 13, 2019

Research stay at University of Oulu, Finland

Jorn Van De Sande and Roberto E. Murillo Alarcón, the two PhD students of Ghrante project, will go to the University of Oulu in Finland. As visiting researches in the research group led by Dr. Päivö Kinnunen, they will take a chance to learn about how to produce inorganic polymer foams by mechanical foaming.

Ghrante at SVS

April 1, 2019

Ghrante at SVS

Ghrante project was presented within the SREMat group installation at the 6th edition of the International Slag Valorisation Symposium in Mechelen.

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Oral presentation at ICACC 2019

January 27, 2019

Oral presentation at ICACC 2019

PhD student Roberto E. Murillo Alarcón presented in the 43rd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC 2019) the study: “Open-cell porous inorganic polymers from industrial Fe-rich.”  The presentation included the efforts and outputs within the frame of Ghrante.

Participation at the 6th International Slag Valorisation Symposium

January 21, 2019

Participation at the 6th International Slag Valorisation Symposium

PhD students working in Ghrante project were accepted to present their studies conducted within the frame of Ghrante project at the upcoming Slag Valorisation Symposium. Jorn Van De Sande will present the paper: “Engineering of CaO-Al2O3-FeOx-SiO2 slags for high-performance hybrid cements”. Roberto Murillo Alarcón will present the work focused on porous inorganic polymers: “Open-cell porous inorganic polymers for sound absorption”.

Invitation to the 6th International Slag Valorisation Symposium

January 14, 2019

Invitation to the 6th International Slag Valorisation Symposium

We would like to invite you to the 6th edition of the International Slag Valorisation Symposium from 1 to 5 April 2019 in Mechelen, organized by the Department of Materials Engineering at the KU Leuven. This Symposium provides an overview of the current trends in the worldwide research and innovation strategies for the valorisation of ferrous and non-ferrous slags, fly ash, bottom ash and numerous other high-temperature (metallurgical) residues. More information on this Symposium is available at: slag-valorisation-symposium.eu/.

Fire resistant IP sample

November 15, 2018

Fire resistant IP sample

Inorganic polymer samples synthesized from Fe-rich slag were subjected to a firing at temperatures from 700 °C to 1350 °C. see more

Promat visit

October 30, 2018

Promat visit

On 30th October 2018 KU Leuven, VUB and FLAMAC representatives visited the PROMAT facility in Tisselt. The visit started with the general presentation about Promat and their main products and research focus. The Ghrante team was also allowed to visit the R&D labs together with the large scale fire testing lab. Our visit completed with a tour of one of the production lines situated in Tisselt. see more

Industrial kick off meeting

September 20, 2018

Industrial kick off meeting

GHRANTE Industrial Kick-off Meeting took place in the Campus Library of KU Leuven on 20th September 2018. The meeting started with the presentation of the project owner (Yiannis Pontikes, KU Leuven) and project officer (Jose Spinnewyn), followed by more detailed presentations of project partners and their role in the Ghrante project. see more

Very first samples made by FLAMAC

August 24, 2018

Very first samples made by FLAMAC

On the 24th of August 2018, the very first set of samples was produced by FLAMAC. Paste samples were casted in new molds, especially made for Ghrante project. see more

Prof. Yiannis Pontikes in the 5th International Symposium on Sustainable Minerals ’18

June 14, 2018

Prof. Yiannis Pontikes in the 5th International Symposium on Sustainable Minerals ’18

Prof. Yiannis Pontikes gave the first keynote lecture in the 5th International Symposium on Sustainable Minerals 2018, Windhoek Namibia, 14th – 15th June 2018, on “Converting Fe-rich residues from metallurgical processes into novel materials: the process, the properties and some performance-based applications”. The RECOVER processes, as well as the activities and outcomes of the project, were presented within the frame of the lecture.

Prof. Yiannis Pontikes at Wascon 2018

June 11, 2018

Prof. Yiannis Pontikes at Wascon 2018

Prof. Yiannis Pontikes presented in the 10th International Conference on the Environmental and Technical Implications of Construction with Alternative Materials WASCON 2018 the study:  “Developing a more “respectful” cement: from thermodynamic calculations to real–life applications” . The presentation included the efforts and outputs within the frame of RECOVER, in the direction of the study’s objectives.

BRRC visit

May 17, 2018

BRRC visit

On the 17th of May KULeuven visited BRRC. The aim was to enhance collaboration through understanding each side’s role within the GHRANTE project. Presentations were followed by facilities visit. see more

KU Leuven visit

April 10, 2018

KU Leuven visit

On 10th April 2018 FLAMAC visited KU Leuven. The main aim of the visit was the demonstration on how KU Leuven prepares (practically) dense and porous inorganic polymers. The live sample preparation has taken place in the SlagLab, the SREMat’s laboratory (Secondary Resources for Engineered Materials) coordinated by Yiannis Pontikes.

Flamac visit

March 22, 2018

Flamac visit

On 22nd March 2018 KU Leuven representatives visited FLAMAC facility. The presentation given by FLAMAC was followed by a lab visit, where equipment used in the project was presented. Visit ended with a constructive discussion focused on the project’s goals achievement.

GHRANTE kick off meeting

March 9, 2018

GHRANTE kick off meeting

GHRANTE Kick-off Meeting took place in the Department of Materials Engineering (MTM), KU Leuven on 9th March 2018.  The Meeting included presentations of the project officer and project partners. Project owner (Yiannis Pontikes-KULeuven) presented the SREMat group’s work and some key project aspects activities related to the GHRANTE project.

Prof. Yiannis Pontikes has been announced a Keynote Speaker at WASCON in June the 6th of 2018

October 31, 2017

Prof. Yiannis Pontikes has been announced a Keynote Speaker at WASCON in June the 6th of 2018

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