The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced a three-year research fund of £4.7m for three new projects in the geotechnics and structural engineering sectors in the UK.
The funding will benefit research projects of three UK universities, which are Newcastle University, Warwick University and Cardiff University.
The EPSRC said that the fund is the result of collaboration between the academic community and engineering industries, and will help improve the understanding and prediction of earth movements to protect major infrastructure.
According to EPSRC, three projects will provide greater confidence in the durability of composite materials for use in civil engineering industries and develop new self-healing materials for construction.
Newcastle University’s ISMART project will study the interaction between the ground and structures on major civil engineering projects.
Warwick University’s research focuses on providing greater confidence in durable composites, while Cardiff University’s project includes work on materials for life, which will look at biomimetic multi-scale damage for immunity construction.
EPSRC chief executive David Delpy said the grants will support research that will help the UK deliver major infrastructure projects and help plan maintenance in the context of climate change.
"Likewise, developing new composites and self-healing materials will help us prolong the life and integrity of new buildings, as well as enabling the retrofitting of older ones," Delpy said.
Institution of Civil Engineers president and University of Leeds civil engineering geotechnics professor Barry Clarke said, "These projects will look at issues that are both current and emerging and can improve the sustainability of our infrastructure and buildings."
EPSRC said more than 20 other institutions and industry partners will collaborate in the research.