The CCSA Western Cape branch recently hosted a technical talk on the latest research being conducted at the University of Cape Town. Held on the University’s Upper Campus, the event featured MSc Candidate Sean Alfred and PhD candidate Areej Gamiledien, who are conducting their research in the Concrete Materials and Structural Integrity Research Unit (CoMSIRU).
Sean’s talk focused on a non-destructive test method (the Torrent Permeability test) and if this European test could be used for quality control on-site in South Africa with the concrete durability index test method, a local standardised lab-based method for assessing the durability of a concrete mix. Areej gave an overview of demolition waste as an alternative aggregate source for concrete production and discussed its potential use as a supplementary cementitious material, which is the focus of her PhD research.
The event was attended by professionals from consulting and concrete production who added input from their professional experience and were highly interested in the research being done at the university. The CCSA would like to thank Cape Concrete for sponsoring the talk and presenting its latest products to those that attended.