Inland Branch launches new initiative for undergraduate university students
Students from the Universities of Pretoria and Johannesburg and WITS competed recently in a newly-launched programme from the Inland Branch of the Concrete Society which aims to recognise and reward the best current concrete research being undertaken by students at three Gauteng universities.
“A preliminary investigation into the use of calcined clay as a partial replacement for Portland cement in concrete in South Africa”.
“Investigating the feasibility of using kimberlite tailings as aggregates in concrete”.
“An investigation into the effect of using grey water as mixing water on the production and quality of concrete”.
“An Investigation into the Resistance of Small Scale, Fibre-Reinforced Concrete Slabs to Blast and Ballistic Impact Using Ultra-sonic Pulse Velocity as Non-destructive Testing Method”.
“Cost optimisation of insulated concrete form T-Beams”.
“Optimum Cement Contents”.
This was the first phase of the award scheme focusing on the actual presentation of the projects and these were adjudicated by three judges, namely Bryan Perrie, Managing Director of the Concrete Institute, Dr Reinhold Amstbüchler, Consultant and Johan van Wyk, General Manager of the Southern Africa Readymix Association.
The content of the research work will now be adjudicated and the winner announced at the Inland Branch Chairman’s Breakfast on the 20th November at the Blue Valley Golf Estate in Midrand.
In thanking the students and their lecturers for their enthusiastic support of, and participation in the programme, Branch Chairman, Roelof Jacobs advised that it was intended to repeat the awards scheme on an annual basis from hereon.
He also thanked AfriSam for their sponsorship of the awards, which includes the monetary prize for the winning student(s).