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Long Lasting Reinforced Concrete for Energy Infrastructure under Severe Operating Conditions


Project timeline
April 2016
48 months
March 2020
General Information
The main goal of the LORCENIS project is to develop long reinforced concrete for energy infrastructures with lifetime extended up to a 100% under extreme operating conditions. Four scenarios of severe operating conditions are considered:
1. Concrete infrastructure in deep sea, arctic and subarctic zones: Offshore windmills, gravity based structures, bridge piles and harbours
2. Concrete and mortar under mechanical fatigue in offshore windmills and sea structures
3. Concrete structures in concentrated solar power plants exposed to high temperature thermal fatigue
4. Concrete cooling towers subjected to acid attack
The goal will be realized through the development of multifunctional strategies integrated in concrete formulations and advanced stable bulk concretes from optimized binder technologies. A multi-scale show case will be realized towards service-life prediction of reinforced concretes in extreme environments to link several model approaches and launch innovation for new software tools. The durability of sustainable advanced reinforced concrete structures developed will be proven and validated within LORCENIS under severe operating conditions , starting from a proof of concept (TRL 3) to technology validation (TRL 5).
LORCENIS is a well-balanced consortium of multidisciplinary experts from 9 universities and research institutes and 7 industries, including two SMEs, from 8 countries. All partners will contribute to training by exchange of personnel and joint actions with other European projects and will increase the competitiveness and sustainability of European industry by bringing innovative materials and new methods closer to the markedt and permitting the establishment of energy infrastructures in areas with harsh climate and environmental conditions at acceptable costs.
Hereon will lead the work package entitled “Advanced software for modelling and end-of-life prediction”.

EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-NMP-2015-two-stage
Project TypeResearch and Innovation Action (RIA)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 685445
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Daniel Höche, Institute of Surface Science, Department of Interface Modelling, MOM, Phone: +49 4152 87 1914
E-mail contact
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Acciona Infrastructuras S.A. (ES), CBI Betonginstitutet AB (SE), CHEMSTREAM BVBA (BE), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ES), Dyckerhoff GmbH (DE), Fundacion Agustin De Betancourt (ES), Fundacion CIDETEC (ES), Kvaerner Concrete Solutions AS (NO), National Technical University of Athens (GR), SINTEF (NO), SKIA Technology AG (CH), SMALLMATEK - Small Materials and Technologies LDA (PT), Universidade De Aveiro (PT), Universiteit Gent (BE), VATTENFALL AB (SE)
LORCENIS website
Last Update: 16. April 2021