Sustainable Concrete Materials
Research into new fibres for concrete continues even today as acceptance for MSF as a structural reinforcement grows globally. More recently, several leading institutions in Italy, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland have undertaken research in the use of MSF as concrete reinforcement. MSFA report
Enviromesh has been committed to Research and Development of the performance of MSF as concrete reinforcement for over 26 years now.
With our focus on sustainability and the future, in 2013 we partnered with James Cook University and undertook a full cycle research and development program to develop Recycled MSF (eMesh). This was done as part of a three-year PhD research project overseen by JCU’s College of Science Technology and Engineering and validated the use of the 100% Recycled Propylene Plastic, with both environmental and technical use benefits. It was also an internationally recognised work and awarded the Springer Thesis Prize. After successful trial in 2015, eMesh was introduced to the Australian infrastructure projects. In the same year, eMesh research won the Australian Innovation Challenge Award in the manufacture & infrastructure category.
eMesh is now widely used as a sustainable alternative of steel mesh and steel fibres in concrete construction in infrastructure projects across Australia. More information about eMesh and its success is available on www.emesh.com.au
Buoyed by the widespread acceptance and use of eMesh as a sustainable alternative in the construction and infrastructure industry, in 2021 we have partnered with RMIT University, where their leading researcher Professor Rebecca Gravina is developing low-carbon precast concrete using cardboard waste. Research will be conducted by RMIT University and funded through the Recycling Victoria Research and Development Fund – Materials grants from the Victorian Government through Sustainability Victoria.
Given the universal focus on reducing the carbon footprint of the construction and infrastructure development sectors, we envisage that research and development of finding more sustainable and greener solutions in the industry will continue. We completely recognise the need to have more sustainable solutions within our industry and are committed to undertaking future projects with the aim of exploring and developing sustainable construction materials.