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Stroyka 43, 2012: Worlds Leading Expert on Composite Reinforcement Materials Spoke at ROSNANO

november 6, 2012

RUSNANO, Brahim Benmokrane, Composite reinforcement materials, seminar

In the beginning of October Moscow hosted a seminar Use of composite reinforcement materials in concrete structures held by a Canadian scientist Brahim Benmokrane. Dr. Benmokrane, the worlds leading expert on composite reinforcement materials, Hero of Canada, spoke in Russia for the first time.

The seminar was attended by over 130 representatives of specialized agencies, leading standardization bodies, design and construction companies in industrial, civil and road engineering and bridge construction of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, cities of Volga region, Krasnodar territory, Siberia and the United Kingdom, India, the Ukraine. The event was attended by the representatives of the Government of Moscow, the Federal Highway Agency Avtodor; the Research, Design and Technological Institute for Concrete and Reinforced Concrete Named after Gvozdev (NIIZhB); the State Research Institute for Building and Structures named after V.A.Kucherenko (TSNIISK); Central Research and Design Institute for Residential Construction (TsNIIEP); Research Institute RosdorNII; Mostotrest; Mostostroy 6; Research Institute for Typology and Experimental Designs (MNIITEP); Mosinzhproekt, etc.

The event was organized by Russian developer and manufacturer of composite materials Galen LLC (project company of RUSNANO, JSC) supported by the Educational and Infrastructure Programs Fund. Brahim Benmokrane is the Professor of the Department of the Civil Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke (Canada), the Director of the National Research Institute for modern composites for infrastructure and innovative materials for concrete reinforcement, who managed the development of standards on composite reinforcement materials in the USA and Canada.

Complete information on composite reinforcement application in construction structures abroad, current standards, design and test procedures and real objects which are in operation for 15 years (bridges, parking, industrial objects, roads, etc.) were presented during the 5 hour seminar. Evgeny Nikolaev, the Deputy General Director of Galen, stressed in his speech the timeliness of the event. Currently composite reinforcement materials are enjoying an increasing demand in Russia: the builders are actively using them instead of steel, while new manufacturers are rapidly entering the market. However there are no state standards on quality of products manufactured in Russia, says Evgeny. With no clear understanding of existing restrictions on product use and calculation methods the future of composite reinforcement is threatened. One of the solutions is to refer to Western experience. The USA and Canada, for instance, developed state standards on these products; vast majority of projects in bridge, road and industrial construction were successfully implemented there. Therefore we invited the leading expert of the field from North America who is responsible for research of composite reinforcement materials and what is more important implementation of real projects involving them. According to E.Nikolaev, the purpose of the event was not only to get practical information, but also to discuss the future of composite reinforcement materials in Russia with all the parties concerned. It was agreed to continue this discussion together with standardization bodies, state authorities and designers.


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