Recently a group of researchers from our partner Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), including Christoph Völker, Benjamin Moreno Torres, Ghezal Ahmad Zia and Sabine Kruschwitz published the article “Presenting SLAMD – A Sequential Learning Based Software for the Inverse Design of Sustainable Cementitious Materials” in the Nano World Journal. This paper is significant to our efforts in creating adaptable and reusable solutions, particularly in our work with high-performance materials made from recycled materials. 

In a recent publication, BAM introduced the concept of ID and showcased its open-source app “SLAMD,” which will be relevant for their developments at Reincarnate. This app provides all the necessary workflow steps to adapt materials in the laboratory, making it easier to apply. The app’s intelligent screening process, guided by a predictive model, makes the material design process more efficient and effective. This results in a reduced carbon footprint and improved material quality while considering socio-economic factors.

The published article argues that using data-driven methods can be a helpful answer for producing sustainable materials like cementitious. However, these methods are notoriously challenging to use, especially for lab workers to use. This is where SLAMD comes in, offering an easy-to-use software solution for designing sustainable concrete materials. This approach combines ID and machine learning to pinpoint materials with excellent properties and a lower environmental impact.

New laboratory workflows can transform materials design, empowering staff and creating a paradigm shift. Integrating data-driven techniques and adopting open science and data sharing for sustainable concrete and other materials is essential. By simplifying the design process and minimising the need for experimental validation, data-driven approaches can enhance materials development, benefiting the environment, industry, and society. 

At Reincarnate, we embarked on developing new innovative methods to design high-performance materials from recyclables and integrating this information within our CP-IM platform to prioritise potentially valuable recycling materials. Thanks to the experience and expertise of our partner BAM, their findings and developments, we are advancing towards circularity in the construction sector, specifically at the material level.


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