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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4765;

Use of Steel and Polyolefin Fibres in the La Canda Tunnels: Applying MIVES for Assessing Sustainability Evaluation

Departamento de Ingeniería Civil: Construcción, E.T.S de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, c/Profesor Aranguren, s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Sika S.A.U.Carretera de Fuencarral, 72, Alcobendas, 28108 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 31 October 2018 / Revised: 28 November 2018 / Accepted: 7 December 2018 / Published: 13 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Cementitious Materials for the Construction Industry)
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Construction involves the use of significant quantities of raw materials and entails high-energy consumption. For the sake of choosing the most appropriate solution that considers environmental and sustainable concepts, tools such as the integrated value model for sustainable assessment (Modelo Integrado de Valor para una Evaluación Sostenible, MIVES) used in Spain, plays a key role in obtaining the best solution. MIVES is a multi-criteria decision-making method based on the value function concept and the seminars delivered by experts. Such tools, in order to show how they may work, require application to case studies. In this paper, two concrete slabs manufactured with differing reinforcements during the construction of the La Canda Tunnels are compared by means of MIVES. The two concrete slabs were reinforced with a conventional steel-mesh and with polyolefin fibres. This research was focussed on the main aspects affecting the construction. That is to say, the environmental, economic, and social factors were assessed by the method, being of special impact the issues related with maintenance of the structure. The results showed that from the point of view of sustainability, the use of polyolefin fibres provided a significant advantage, mainly due to the lower maintenance required. View Full-Text
Keywords: concrete sustainable evaluations; steel-mesh; polyolefin fibres concrete sustainable evaluations; steel-mesh; polyolefin fibres

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Alberti, M.G.; Gálvez, J.C.; Enfedaque, A.; Carmona, A.; Valverde, C.; Pardo, G. Use of Steel and Polyolefin Fibres in the La Canda Tunnels: Applying MIVES for Assessing Sustainability Evaluation. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4765.

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