Existing concrete or reinforced concrete structures feature, as a rule, a relatively low resistance to various sorts of impact loading, such as shock, collision, or explosion. The primary goal of the intended Research Training Group is to bring substantial improvements in the impact-resistance of existing buildings by applying thin layers of strengthening material. By using innovative, mineral-bonded composites, public safety and the reliability of vitally important infrastructure should be significantly enhanced. The scientific basis to be developed will additionally enable to build new, impact-resistant structures economically and ecologically.
The vision of the Research Training Group (German: Graduiertenkolleg – GRK) consists of five parts, covering the entire span from construction materials to the structures themselves. More specifically, it concerns the development of the following: