11 February 2010
Researchers at City University London have secured US$329,000 in funding from the UK's Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to explore the commercial potential of a sensor system for monitoring early signs of concrete corrosion.
The project will build on previous EPSRC-funded research which developed in-situ sensors to measure pH, chloride and humidity in highly alkaline environments, such as hostile marine atmospheres, locations in which de-icing salts are often used or areas with high-sulphate ground conditions.
The one-year project is due will start next month and will be led by City's Professor Tong Sun and Professor Ken Grattan, working in partnership with Dr Su Taylor of Queen's University Belfast. Sun said that the work promises to provide industry with access to improved data on concrete corrosion, enabling timelier and more cost-effective maintenance of structures such as railway bridges.