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Bulding structures and materials

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Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.01.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Civil engineering   
2.04.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Materials science and technology   

Code Science Field
T220  Technological sciences  Civil engineering, hydraulic engineering, offshore technology, soil mechanics 

Code Science Field
2.01  Engineering and Technology  Civil engineering 
Keywords
sustainable construction, energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, earthquake engineering, fire engineering, environmental impact, recycling, immobilization of toxic waste, durability, degradation processes, traffic infrastructure, dams, nuclear waste storage, nano-materials, cultural heritage
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Researchers (61)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  35411  PhD Andrej Anžlin  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  119 
2.  16394  PhD Mirjam Bajt Leban  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2017  290 
3.  22313  PhD Janez Bernard  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  129 
4.  04258  MSc Alojz Bevc  Civil engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2017  157 
5.  51710  PhD Martina Cvetković  Civil engineering  Beginner researcher  2018  10 
6.  33293  PhD Jerneja Češarek Kolšek  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  67 
7.  27655  PhD Sabina Dolenec  Geology  Researcher  2015 - 2018  465 
8.  11292  PhD Vilma Ducman  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  500 
9.  52082  PhD Marija Đurić  Natural sciences and mathematics  Junior researcher  2018  13 
10.  11897  PhD Karmen Fifer Bizjak  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  290 
11.  24339  PhD Matija Gams  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2017  202 
12.  14934  PhD Mateja Golež  Civil engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2018  230 
13.  08670  PhD Jože Hafner  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  63 
14.  23403  PhD Miha Hiti  Metrology  Researcher  2015 - 2018  56 
15.  30873  PhD Barbara Horvat  Materials science and technology  Beginner researcher  2017 - 2018  101 
16.  37501  PhD Miha Hren  Civil engineering  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  57 
17.  13411  PhD Sabina Jordan  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  287 
18.  31855  PhD Miha Jukić  Civil engineering  Researcher  2018  24 
19.  14943  Friderik Knez  Civil engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2018  289 
20.  14926  PhD Nataša Knez  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  108 
21.  33198  PhD Lidija Korat  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  126 
22.  22315  PhD Tadeja Kosec  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2018  333 
23.  24337  PhD Miha Kramar  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  73 
24.  27532  PhD Maja Kreslin  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  142 
25.  17353  Viljem Kuhar    Technical associate  2015 - 2017  320 
26.  02667  Bojan Leben  Civil engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2017  94 
27.  08281  PhD Andraž Legat  Civil engineering  Head  2015 - 2018  484 
28.  21593  PhD Stanislav Lenart  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  227 
29.  05697  MSc Marjanca Lutman  Civil engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2018  481 
30.  37333  PhD Katja Malovrh Rebec  Energy engineering  Researcher  2016 - 2018  88 
31.  25599  PhD Alenka Mauko Pranjić  Geology  Researcher  2015 - 2018  318 
32.  05930  PhD Ana Mladenović  Geology  Researcher  2015 - 2018  818 
33.  37699  PhD Petra Močnik  Materials science and technology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  36 
34.  51945  PhD Maruša Mrak  Geology  Junior researcher  2018  45 
35.  32104  PhD Peter Nadrah  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2018  76 
36.  38399  PhD Andreea Oarga-Mulec  Control and care of the environment  Beginner researcher  2017 - 2018  69 
37.  36451  PhD Primož Oprčkal  Geology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  124 
38.  24096  PhD Tomaž Pazlar  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  119 
39.  04137  PhD Borut Petkovšek  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  203 
40.  35412  PhD Andreja Pondelak  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2015 - 2018  92 
41.  38191  PhD Tajda Potrč Obrecht  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  27 
42.  05703  MSc Mihael Ramšak  Civil engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2018  146 
43.  13700  MSc Mojca Ravnikar Turk  Civil engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2018  210 
44.  05706  PhD Andrej Rebec  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  121 
45.  51944  PhD Rožle Repič  Civil engineering  Junior researcher  2018  27 
46.  34381  PhD Nejc Rozman  Materials science and technology  Beginner researcher  2015 - 2018  39 
47.  12521  PhD Andrijana Sever Škapin  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  423 
48.  13200  PhD Aljoša Šajna  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  194 
49.  27939  Luka Škrlep  Civil engineering  Technical associate  2015 - 2018  129 
50.  35413  PhD Mateja Štefančič  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  33 
51.  32022  PhD Erika Švara Fabjan  Chemistry  Researcher  2015 - 2018  71 
52.  00654  PhD Miha Tomaževič  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  743 
53.  37502  PhD Petra Triller  Civil engineering  Junior researcher  2015 - 2018  67 
54.  27508  PhD Janez Turk  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  214 
55.  28775  PhD Rok Vezočnik  Geodesy  Researcher  2018  87 
56.  22096  PhD Gregor Vidmar  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  54 
57.  31991  PhD Petra Vrhovnik  Geology  Beginner researcher  2017 - 2018  153 
58.  20335  PhD Bojan Zajec  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  182 
59.  32263  PhD Vesna Zalar Serjun  Geology  Researcher  2016 - 2018  126 
60.  31990  PhD Lea Žibret  Civil engineering  Beginner researcher  2017 - 2018  57 
61.  10771  PhD Aleš Žnidarič  Civil engineering  Researcher  2015 - 2018  410 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1502  Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute  Ljubljana  5866324000  10,354 
Abstract
Sustainable construction is one of the key components in the development of a sustainability-based society since it is aimed at ensuring that natural resources are preserved and that effects which are detrimental to the environment are reduced. Thus our research work is oriented not just to the materials, products, technologies, methodologies and processes which are to be found in the narrower field of the construction industry, but also to the efficient use of energy and of renewable sources of energy, the use of secondary raw materials, and the development of corresponding smart strategies and concepts. Our research will therefore remain focused on those fields which are important for the development and implementation of building materials and structures, and for the advancement of sustainable construction as a whole: a) the safety and stability of structures b) the durability of structures (including the characterization of degradation processes and the development of methods for their prevention), c) the development and use of new materials (the use of new methods, including nano-technologies),  d) the use/immobilization of waste/secondary raw materials, e) the energy efficiency of buildings (the appropriate use of new materials and technologies). Individual fields of research will supplement one another, and through the closer co-operation of different groups of researchers synergic effects are expected in narrower fields, too. Most of the listed fields will be linked together in corresponding horizontal segments: f) sustainable construction (from the points of view of energy, ecology, economics and sociology), g) building structures of special significance (the traffic infrastructure, dam structures, nuclear waste storage and disposal facilities), h) buildings and monuments belonging to the cultural heritage. Most of the research performed by the Program Group is already included in international projects (mainly in the EU framework programs), which proves that this research work is important for the development of science in the broader sense. Within our research we will closely collaborate with our partners in ENBRI (the European Network of Building Research Institutes), Nanocem (the Industrial/Academic Research Network on Cement and Concrete), and FEHRL (the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories). In the future, too, we shall aim at implementing, as efficiently as possible, knowledge from other fundamental areas of research, thus making it possible, through their combination, to create successfully new scientific and technological findings. In the case of wider sustainable construction we will co-operate closely with EOTA, the European Organisation for Technical Assessment, where we co-ordinate the work of the group which is in charge of the sustainability aspect of construction products, so that we help to create the future EU legislation in this field.
Significance for science
Most of the research performed by the Program Group is already included in international projects (mainly in the EU framework programs), which proves that this research work is important for the development of science in the broader sense, and it can be expected that the results obtained will be important at the international level. Thus it is quite logical that the orientation of our research is similar to approaches used in other countries: the development of new materials (including nano-materials) and technologies, increasing the durability of materials and structures, improving the efficient use of energy and the use of alternative sources of energy, the use of secondary raw materials and the reduction of detrimental effects to the environment, the solving of specific problems in connection with the renewal of older buildings and the preservation of the cultural heritage, and the development and/or modification of techniques and methodologies for assessing the condition of buildings and other structures. Certain specific aspects of our research are connected to the particular properties of buildings and other structures, as well as to the characteristics of natural resources and the environment (seismic loadings). The Program Group has, though the results which it has achieved, become well-affirmed at the international level, which is demonstrated by the papers which have been published in scientific journals with the highest ratings in all fields of the Group's work, as well as numerous citations of these publications, the inclusion of ZAG's researchers as regularly requested reviewers, and memberships in international associations. In spite of the fact that our research projects are predominantly applicatively oriented, in some fields we maintain direct contacts with the latest scientific achievements. This is proved by publications in prestigious international journals of the highest rank in their own fields. The following can be particularly mentioned in this segment: research in the field of earthquake engineering, studies of the dynamic behaviour of soils, modelling of fire scenarios, the development of nano-materials for use in the building industry, the development of composites with the use of secondary raw materials, including the immobilization of toxic components, research and development into different procedures for the remediation of soils polluted by metals, research into complex degradation processes (alkali-silica reaction, the corrosion of steel in concrete, stress corrosion cracking, tribo-corrosion processes), characterization of degradation processes affecting historic materials, and the development of alternative materials, the development of materials and technologies for the improvement of the durability of individual materials and types of structures, the modelling of thermal flows and humidity in buildings under defined environmental conditions, the development and implementation of various measuring techniques and of methodologies for the evaluation of the condition of materials and structures the evaluation of different methods for life cycle assessments. It can be expected that the scientific level, not only in the above-mentioned fields but also in others, will continue to rise further in the future. This is ensured by the fact that, within the Program Group, co-operation with top scientists and research groups both at home and internationally continues to expand, and that individual fields are supported by the involvement of new researchers. The proposed research program will also be important from the point of view of the training of new researchers through co-operation in the pedagogical process at faculties of different sciences at the University of Ljubljana, the University of Maribor, the University of Nova Gorica, and several other universities in other countries. In the future, too, we shall aim at implementing, as efficiently as possible, knowledge from other fund
Significance for the country
In all developed countries the fields of building and civil engineering form a strong branch of industry, which has an indirect effect on a large number of other industrial fields, and is especially well connected to the traffic infrastructure, the energy-producing industry, and various communal activities. At the same time sustainable construction is one of the key components of the development of a sustainable society. For this reason our research is not limited to just the narrower fields of building and civil engineering, but also involves the efficient use of resources, the reduction of detrimental effects to the environment, and the sociological aspects of dwelling and settlements. Research within the scope of the proposed program will ensure direct contact with the latest technologies and developmental trends. Through co-operation in numerous international projects and associations we can act as an effective link between technological advance at the world level, and our industrial partners, since knowledge and experience can thus be transferred into industrial practice.  The stability and safety of building and civil engineering structures are, by definition, important for sustainable socio-economic development. The collapse or high degree of damage to buildings, the infrastructure, and industrial plants, during an earthquake (most of Slovenia lies within a tectonically active region), or due to flooding, landslides or fire, could cause not only loss of life and other casualties but also interruptions in the economic life of the country. It should be mentioned that pollution is relatively likely to occur in such cases, and ecological disasters are also possible. For this reason research in the segment of earthquake and fire engineering, as well as into the hazards caused by flooding and landslides, are exceptionally important for the socio-economic development of Slovenia. With their special requirements (the traffic infrastructure, energy-producing plants, waste deposition sites) civil engineering structures must, as well as fulfilling general requirements, also satisfy the additional requirements which are prescribed with respect to their operation and environmental effects. For this reason, in the case of such structures specific requirements for their planning, construction, maintenance and repair have to be met. Our research work will ensure the optimal fulfilment of these requirements, as they are linked to safety, durability, and reduction of effects on the environment, as well as to the economic aspects of individual operations (management of structures). The correct performance of such work in the case of nuclear structures (including the depository for nuclear waste) is particularly vital since any mistakes made could cause not only direct human casualties and exceptional economic losses, but also, potentially, a long-term ecological disaster on a large scale. Through research in the fields of the use of secondary raw materials, the energy efficiency of buildings, and the use of alternative sources of energy (solar and geothermal) we will continue to co-operate in efforts to reduce environmental burdens, as well as the consumption of raw materials and energy. The construction industry is, in fact, an ideal field for the re-use of various types of waste, as good-quality alternative materials. This is mainly for two reasons: firstly, it is possible to make use of very large quantities of these; and, secondly, by using different binders and procedures their toxic components can be immobilized. Through our research we will continue to optimize the re-use of different types of industrial and communal waste, as well as processes for the remediation of polluted water and soils. Together with innovative technological solutions we will develop LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and LCC (Life Cycle Cost Analysis) methods. The efficient use of these technologies and methodologies will be a condition for the successful sus
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, 2016, 2017, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, 2016, 2017, final report
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