30Apr 2018

We hope that you have already seen our announcements about the LC3-Information Day on 17 May 2018 in Zurich

This Information Day for Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) will be one of the project’s most important events of this year. The presentations will illustrate that LC3 does not only match OPC – CEM I performance with environmental benefits of 30% CO2 reductions, but it also offers significant financial advantages compared to OPC. In this regard, a key part of the event will be the first-time presentation of a techno-economic feasibility study for LC3. 

Please find attached the invitation card and program of the LC3-Information Day. For further information, visit our website www.LC3.ch 

The details of the event are as follows:

Time:                     Thursday, 17 May 2018
                                 09:30 AM to 4 PM              
 
Venue:                   EMPA-Akademie
                                 Überlandstrasse 129
                                 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland

Registration:     Register through the online form here
                                 Or send a confirmation of your participation by e-Mail to LC3@epfl.ch 
                           
We look forward to discuss with you about LC3 – the „cement of tomorrow“.
 
Please also note the possibility of a technical visit of a LC3-cement plant on 21 May 2018. Further information may be found here:  https://www.lc3.ch/21-may-2018-technical-visit-in-portugal/
12Apr 2018

 

LC3-PhD candidate Franco Zuninowon a first price with his presentation on LC3 at the 4th Young Researchers’ Forum of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. His presentation focussed on reactivity and mixture design.

 

 

11Apr 2018

Last week, the LC3-Project hosted its 4th DoctoralSchool. The researchers and scientists learned about hydration, pozzolanic reactivity assessment, XRD and microscopy, Mechanical behaviour, mix design and processing. 

In 2019, the 5th Doctoral School will take place. The details are as follows:

23rd to 26th April 2019
EPFL
Lausanne, SWITZERLAND

 

35 participants from 18 countries participated in the 4th LC3-Doctoral School in April 2018

03Apr 2018

Prof. Karen Scrivener opened the 4th LC3-Doctoral School from 03rd to 06th April at EPFL, Lausanne. We are happy to welcome 35 participants from 18 countries who will learn about the use of blended cements. The programme covers aspects of hydration of blended cements and the physicochemical characterisation of supplementary cementitious materials particularly calcined clays. The focus is on practical work with two afternoons devoted to laboratory practices on microscopy, XRD and calorimetry.

Prof. Karen Scrivener, Director of the LC3-Project, opened the 4th Doctoral School at EPFL

06Feb 2018

The LC3-project presented its technology and advances during the 5th Stakeholder Meeting at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The meeting was held on 06 February 2018 and included presentations from the project partners Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development, EPFL, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras and TARA. In the following representatives from the industry provided insights on their production of LC3. Most importantly, enriching discussions were held in order to empower the technology, its production and application in the future. 

Prof. Dr. Karen Scrivener (Director of the LC3-project) presented LC3 to a wide audience during the 5th Stakeholder Meeting of the in New Delhi, India.

02Feb 2018

The LC3-project concerns Limestone Calcined Clay Cement which has a huge potential to lower CO2 emissions of cementitious materials. Significant progress has been made over the first three years of the project including extensive research, laboratory trials and first industrial productions. These results were shared on 02 February 2018 with an international audience at the 4th Stakeholder Meeting of the LC3-project. 

The meeting also included an introduction to the LC3 Technology Resource Centre (TRC) in India. The TRC has been initiated to provide state the art knowledge on LC3 and related products. The center provides consultancy services for establishing feasibility of LC3 in cement production and testing facilities for use of LC3 in concrete and concrete applications. The network offering support consists of IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, TARA, EPFL  and CIDEM Cuba. Direct contact to the TRC: lc3trc@devalt.org

Marylaure Crettaz Corredor (Head of the Swiss Cooperation Office in India) opened the 4th Stakeholder Meeting of the LC3-project in Mumbai, India

09Aug 2017
JK Lakshmi grinding unit: Jhajjar, Haryana, INDIA

JK Lakshmi grinding unit: Jhajjar, Haryana, INDIA

LC3 project is pleased to announce a new collaboration between The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd..

This collaborative effort has made it possible the first full-scale trial production of a new cement known as Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) and at the same time developed a new environment friendly additive for concrete that makes it easier to produce high performance concrete at a lower cost.

Last year, JK Lakshmi became the first cement company in the world to carry out a full-scale plant trial production of the cement. The cement was produced at the Jhajjhar unit of the company. Trial applications of the cement have shown that it can reduce as much as 30% CO2 emissions and 20% energy consumption in cement production. Still, the performance of the concrete produced using this cement exceeds those using cements commercially available today in most aspects. The production is also one of the first such collaborations between the cement industry and academia to develop mainstream products. Full-scale trial applications of this cement have shown that it can be effortlessly introduced without any changes to the existing construction practices.Trials of the cement in the field and in ready-mix concrete plants have yielded excellent results.

Very importantly, the collaboration on LC3 led to the partners exploring several new fronts where technological developments could significantly impact sustainability, quality and costs. One such result is a new concrete additive that can be used to increase strength of concrete and to improve its durability. The additive reduces the requirement of energy-intensive and expensive cement in the concrete, thereby reducing construction cost and achieving as much as 20% increase in strength. It is foreseen that this product will find usage in high-performance applications like water-proofing, high strength concrete, self-compacting concrete, etc.
At the same time, it promises to reduce the cost of more common applications like masonry construction, wall plaster, road pavers, and walling blocks. The effort is in line with the Government initiative to provide housing to all by 2022 at a reasonable cost and environmental impact.

Monitoring of production at JK Lakshmi facilities

Monitoring of production at JK Lakshmi facilities

JK Lakshmi Cements Ltd.
“The challenge of continuing to develop, without irreversibly harming the environment and affecting the future generations, can only be addressed through innovative thinking. I am confident that this collaboration will develop a synergy between the experience and knowledge of the industry and the ability of the young minds at our research institutes to innovate, to develop solutions that will allow India to continue developing without harming its future prospects.”

Mr. S. K. Wali, wholetime Director, JK Lakshmi Cements.

The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (LC3 project representative in India)
“Direct interaction with the industry will help us to utilise the great potential in our research institutes for the development of technologies that are relevant to our society. This will also ensure a more practical and hands-on training for the students and researchers, instead of rote learning”.

Dr. Shashank Bishnoi, IIT Delhi.

01May 2017

In April was held the third doctoral school on LC3 and the characterization methods at the EPFL. We thank the 27 participants from all over the world.

07Mar 2017

APPLICATION OF INDUSTRIALLY PRODUCED LC3 TO HEAVY DUTY PAVEMENTS

In recent months, in India, it has been possible to manufacture several precast elements and heavy duty roads pavements thanks to a highly flowable mix design with  LC3-50.

Click here for a visual overview of the elements and pavements as well as the properties of the mix design.

22Sep 2016

On Wednesday, September 14 ,2016,  the national organization for standardization in Cuba approved the new standard for LC3 cements in the Technical Committee TC 22. Soon, it will be possible to manufacture and market cement in which 50% of clinker can be substituted by the limestone and calcined clays which meets specific performance criteria. These criteria were studied and defined by a panel of experts to develop a cement that meets the requirememnts of safety and quality. In the near future, LC3 will be available within a legal framework for everyone to build stronger and more environmentally friendly homes.