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Firms partner with BME to develop FRP concrete

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Hungarian construction companies Uvaterv and Ferrobeton are partnering with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) on a HUF 1 billion project to develop technology for making pre-fabricated concrete elements strengthened with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), according to portfolio.hu.

FRP-reinforced concrete substitutes lighter carbon or glass composites for steel, extending the lifespan of concrete elements and reducing costs. The project, launched in 2018, is now in its second phase: making a prototype. In the third phase, a 3D concrete printer will be set up at the university. T

amás Novoszáth, office manager for Uvaterv, said work to replace steel-reinforced concrete is ongoing around the world, and concrete elements that use new technologies are already in use in Japan, China, and the United States. "It's important that with this project, Hungary can also join that competition, so when demand for the new concrete elements appears in Hungary, they can also be produced locally," he added.

The R&D project is supported with a HUF 682 million grant from the National Research, Development and Innovation Office.

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