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UoB – School of Engineering, Design and Technology, University of Bradford (United Kingdom)

The School comprises the disciplines of automotive, civil, electrical, mechanical and medical engineering, automotive and product design, and technology management. The School was formed in 2002 from previously independent discipline-based Departments and now operates as a fully integrated multi-disciplinary unit. Professor David Hughes was the School’s first Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) responsible for some 40 degree courses, the teaching of 50 members of academic staff and allocation of finances to course teams. The School’s research emphasises the inter-disciplinary nature of modern society and is organised through 4 collaborative Research Groups. Prof Hughes is a member of the Environment and Infrastructure Group.

Short profile of the principal investigator of UoB in the project

Prof. Dr. Dave HUGHES
Professor of Construction Materials
School of Engineering, Design and Technology
University of Bradford
West Yorkshire
Phone: 00 44 (1274) 233855
Fax: 00 44 (1274) 234124
Mob: 07786702795

Prof Hughes graduated in 1975 with a first class honours degree in civil engineering. He has worked in various research and teaching positions in 4 UK Universities and was awarded a PhD in 1983 for a study of fibrillated polyalkene films in thin-sheet cement products which were intended as a replacement for asbestos cement. Prof Hughes was a member of the ROCEM consortium and undertook the laboratory calcination of marls from 7 sites throughout Europe and the evaluation of the cements produced. He was a member of the project’s Steering Committee. Currently he is supervising two externally funded (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Knowledge Transfer Partnership) projects which are developing low-energy high-performance mortars for both the conservation and new-build markets; the developments are currently the subject of a patent application. His expertise includes characterisation of marls; composition of hydraulic limes, and natural and Portland cements; physical properties of pastes and mortars made from these binders; the interaction between mortars and porous substrates and the subsequent properties of the mortars; and the influence of curing conditions on mortars. The UoB laboratory is well equipped to undertake the mortar assessments required in the ROCARE project.

Publications particularly relevant to ROCARE include
D.C. Hughes, D.B. Sugden, D. Jaglin & D. Mucha. (2007). Calcination of Roman cement: a pilot study using cement stones from Whitby. Construction and Building Materials. 22, 1446-1455.
D.C. Hughes, S. Swann & A. Gardner. (2007). Roman cements 1: Its Origins and Properties. Journal of Architectural Conservation, 13, 1, 21 – 37.
D.C. Hughes, S. Swann & A. Gardner. (2007). Roman cements 2: Stucco and Decorative Elements, A conservation strategy. Journal of Architectural Conservation, 13, 3, 41 – 58.
D.C. Hughes, D. Jaglin, R. Kozlowski, N. Mayr, D. Mucha & J. Weber. (2007). Calcination of marls to produce Roman cement, Journal of the ASTM International, available online at http://journalsip.astm.org/journals/jai/pages/71.htm , 4, 1.
R. Vyskocilova, W. Schwarz, D. Mucha, D.C. Hughes, R. Kozlowski & J. Weber. (2007). Hydration processes in pastes of several natural cements. Journal of the ASTM International, available online at http://journalsip.astm.org/journals/jai/pages/196.htm, 4, 2.
J. Weber, N. Gadermayr, R. Kozlowski, D. Mucha, D.C. Hughes, D. Jaglin & W. Schwarz. (2007) Microstructure and mineral composition of roman cements produced at defined calcination conditions. Mater Charact 58, 1217-1228.

Role in the Project

The principal role of UoB within ROCARE is to (i) provide guidance to the cement producers on the calcination of feedstock from their local sources, WP1; (ii) undertake the design, production and evaluation of mortars in relation to their architectural application,WP2, (iii) support the Co-ordinator in the organisation and operation of the End-user Advisory Panel, WP3 and (iv) contribute guidance on the formulation of Roman cement mortars.
UoB will co-ordinate the activities of WP2 - Optimisation of processing and application technologies of Roman cement mortars.


The ROCARE Manual with Glossary and Standard: Take a look by activating the field on the left side! (Presently avaialble in English and Hungarian)!
Natural Cement and Cementitious Building Materials in the Early 20th Century – Wien/Vienna July-4-2016

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