USQ has been successful in gaining funding from the International Science Linkages Program to undertake collaborative research with Yamaguchi University in Japan this year.
The grant is part of a national competitive research funding scheme administered by the prestigious Australian Academy of Science on behalf of the Australian Academy of Science and Japan Society.
Dr Yan Zhuge, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering said the program aimed to promote long-term research partnerships between Australian and Japanese researchers.
'I plan to visit Yamaguchi University in July to develop a computer aided decision support tool for optimising the use of recycled materials in concrete, which is an area of expertise of Yamaguchi University’s, Professor Zhuguo Li, who I will be working with,' she said.
'We will also develop a multi-scale numerical model for concrete made from recycled materials, which is my area of expertise here at USQ.
'Concrete production consumes a large amount of energy and is responsible for a high percentage of CO2 emission and at the same time, concrete demolition generates solid waste in large quantities.
'A sustainable solution to this problem is to utilise various wastes as partial cement replacement or as aggregates in concrete.
'However the environmental burden of concrete is not always reduced by using recycled materials because production of such concrete can consume as much energy as concrete manufactured through the mining and crushing of natural materials.
'This project aims to optimise the use of recycled materials in concrete. The successful implementation of this project will benefit the building industry, improve waste management and help minimise damage to our environment.'
Dr Zhurge said the trip will also allow her to initiate long term research collaborations within an industry which traditionally has been a career taken up by men.
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