Researchers will examine the durability of composite materials used in the automotive and aerospace industries to see how they can be used in infrastructure work. A team of five university engineering faculties in the U.K. will conduct "physical testings of composite materials, structural connections and joints, and will aim to develop computer models of their behavior over decades." The Providing Confidence in Durable Composites project aims to develop "new composites and self-healing materials [to] help us prolong the life and integrity of new buildings as well as enabling the retrofitting of older ones," said professor David Delpy, chief executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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