About M4L

The 2050 vision of this project for the built environment and infrastructure is of a sustainable and resilient
system comprising materials and structures that continually monitor, regulate, adapt and repair themselves
without the need for external intervention. In this way, these self?healing materials and intelligent
structures will significantly enhance durability and serviceability, improve safety and reduce maintenance
costs. To be truly self?healing, the material components will need to act synergistically at the different time
and length scales at which different forms of damage occur. Conglomerate materials, which comprise the
majority of our infrastructure and built environment, form the focus of the proposed project. It is also
recognised that the fundamental scientific understanding of how materials can be manipulated, by taking
advantage of new ground breaking innovations in allied scientific disciplines, will pave the way for the
development of a new generation of unique, versatile and robust construction materials systems which
would go far beyond any system currently available. As such, the project consortium from the Universities
of Cardiff, Bath and Cambridge, three of the top UK academic institutions, has the required
interdisciplinary mix of civil engineering and science skills and expertise and is uniquely placed to lead this
novel and challenging research endeavour both nationally and internationally. The proposal was developed
through the EPSRC?funded networks LimesNet and Future Infrastructure Forum.