What are we researching for?
The concrete is material that is used most commonly for structures, houses, and some other purposes. Thanks to technological development, the possibility of using concrete become much more huge than it was. Moreover because of variety of required concrete performances and possibility to extend concrete performances, many trials and researches are still being executed in the whole world.
On the other hand, well-known concrete performances, such as strength, E-modulus, workability and so on, are on the way of research as well. Surely these attempts are needed. And it is well-understood that we do not know about the concrete well.
Now there is enormous number of branches of research in concrete field.
Although we do not know about the concrete well, it is high time that we unify these researches from fundamental attitude. That is 'What are we researching for?'
The objective of 'Concrete Genome Project' that
is being executed in our laboratory is to complete a virtual concrete
world in computers and optimize concrete mixture using a Genetic Algorithm.
These are steps that have been already done.
To accomplish this project, improvement studied
prediction models, development of quantitative analysis method for concrete
appearance, development of evaluation method for environmental load,
and further improvement of optimization method under multicriteria are
under study in our laboratory.