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H2020 project SELMUS (2016-2017)


After the patent of the UHPC rafts in 2015, RDC required to build full-scale pilots of these floating structures to prove to the farmers their durability and suitability. This shaping strategy also required a wide communication and dissemination campaign to familiarize the sector with this new technology. Being RDC a small company and with limited financial resources, they applied in 2016 to the Phase 2 SME Instrument call with the project SELMUS – The Formex® raft: Towards the revolution of the European mussel farming (nº 738777), which was awarded. This action provided the necessary financial and institutional support to launch the product, which reached the market in 2018.

Why to use UHPC?

In the SELMUS project four different full-scale prototypes were built with UHPC, two installed in the Port of Valencia (Mediterranean basin) and two in Arousa estuary (Atlantic waters). Two of the structures were completely flat and with the grid 100% made of UHPC, while the other two had the beams made of UHPC and the joists made of wood. The goal of using UHPC was to maximize the durability of the structure and reduce to the minimum the maintenance costs.


  • Project SELMUS brought the support to implement the shaping strategy required for the market deployment of the Formex® rafts
  • The project financed the installation of life cameras on the pilots to show to the farmers the response of the UHPC rafts under storms.
  • The project financed a remote monitoring system to compare the progress of the corrosion of the UHPC beams with a reference with ordinary concrete, proving the high compacity of this material.


  • 2.000 m2 floating with the four prototypes installed during the project.
  • Completion of the project in 12 months and reaching all the KPIs established.

More Projects with UHPC


RDC works closely with the client to evaluate the technical, economical and environmental viability of replacing its current solution by UHPC. A tailored premix of Formex® is proposed to maximize the competitiveness of the new element.



UHPC Applications


RDC helps the client to make real the use of UHPC in the daily industrial production. The team supports in stages as the scale-up of the production, the resolution of bottlenecks and the implementation of the quality control plan.





UHPC (Ultra-High Performance Concrete) is an extremely compact and ductile cementitious composite. Its properties make it perfect for applications where durability or maintenance play a significant role, where a lightweight structure is particularly relevant, or where the slenderness or thickness of piece is is important.


Do you think that UHPC can add value to your business? Share your thoughts with us. We can help you

If you feel that this innovative material can help you to solve a problem that you have, to improve the quality of your product, reduce the maintenance required, minimize the transportation costs, or any other, write us. We will share with you our point of view.