In the years 1999-2001, BRRC actively participated in the research project Recycling and Valorisation of Stainless Steel Slags funded by the European Union under the 4th Framework Programme for SME’s (CRAFT programme).
The objective of this three-year research project, in which thirteen partners were involved, was to develop techniques to treat steel slag (both LD and EAF) right from the production stage so as to give it good characteristics and volume stability. It was completed in the year 2000 and the final report has been released.
The main objective of this four-year European research project (from 1st January 2009 through 31st December 2012; fifteen partners) conducted under FP7 was to maximize the reuse of reclaimed asphalt (RA) in bituminous mixtures, with as little downscaling of the material and as little use of new material as possible.
Ever since CEN/TC 227 Road Materials was formed in the late eighties, that is, before there were any plans to reorganize the standardization landscape in Belgium, BRRC has been a pioneer and an active participant in this committee. The main focus at the time was on the activities of WG1 Bituminous Mixtures and WG2 Surface Dressing, Sprays and Slurry Surfacing (incorporating Microsurfacing).