The Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG) is a public, non-profit, state owned body. Its main activities include fundamental and applied research, testing and measurements. ZAG is equipped with an advanced laboratory infrastructure, which ensures high-quality performance in the individual fields of its work. Many testing methods are accredited according to SIST EN ISO/IEC 17025 for the testing of construction products. ZAG also holds ISO 9001 certificate and has strong collaboration with the industry, including regular organization of industrial symbiosis workshops and other networking events in the raw materials value chain. It was or still is involved in 5 H2020 projects, 5 Life, 19 EIT RawMaterials, 1 UIA, 2 Interreg and currently runs 11 ARRS (National funding agency) projects as well and is a holder of ERA-Chair in Fire sustainable materials research.
Role in CastQC project: The MAIN ROLE of ZAG is to perform laboratory testing of QC alloy (mechanical, corrosion tests) and conduct LCA and LCCA analyses.
In the CASTQC, Department of Materials is participating with activities divided among two laboratories.
LABORATORY FOR METALS, CORROSION AND ANTICORROSION PROTECTION in WP4: Perform and evaluate the results of mechanical and corrosion tests on the casted novel QC alloy. Mechanical tests, namely tensile tests and hardness tests will serve for the initial selection of the optimal alloy. Later in the project, results of mechanical, fatigue and corrosion tests will be used to define selected aluminium alloy data sheet, and evaluate durability of the alloy in the presence of cycling load and in corrosive environment. Results of computed microtomography and XRD gained at ZAG will be used as supplement method for precise metallographic description of the alloy.
LABORATORY FOR STONE, AGGREGATE AND RECYCLED MATERIALS will participate in WP5 with assessment of the environmental and economic benefits and potential impacts related to the casting of the novel QC alloy. Conduct LCA and LCCA in order to calculate the environmental performance of the new approaches and to make benchmarking with conventional alloys.
Both included laboratories will participate in WP1 and WP7 and additionally, ZAG’s TTO specialist will contribute to the development of IPR strategies, business models, market analyses and legislative framework under the WP0.