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Power ultraSound to strengthen Digital Concrete structures (SounDCon)

Company:

MONOLITE UK LIMITED, BASF PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY, Brunel University London

The UK construction sector accounts for 9% of UK economy, with a turnover of £386bn in 2017. However, it is held back by productivity (on average 21%
lower than the wider economy since 1997), as it is still mostly a manual industry (with the exception of the design phase) with a labour intensive business
model and repercussions in terms of quality, safety, costs, environment.
The UK construction needs to bring the production phase more in line with automated processes already used in other industries (e.g. automotive,
manufacturing).
The aim of SounDCon is to develop and optimise a 3D-printing system and process enabling pre-manufacturing of 3D-printed primary structures. This will
have different benefits on the UK construction sector, it will improve efficiency, thus productivity, addressing the requirements of the Construction Sector deal
and supporting the objectives of TIP strategy and TIES by decreasing:
* Construction time (75% faster);
* Costs (50% cheaper);
* Embodied carbon (about 18% less) through decreasing site deliveries by 70%;
* Waste and defects by 80%.
SounDCon project is based on different previous R&D works of its consortium’s members, mainly focused on the development and fabrication of a particlebed
3D printer and on 3D-printing processes and on the application of power ultrasound excitation to materials structure enhancement. The key technologies
are at high TRL, but their integration is new and will need further development and testing in order to be suitable for the construction market