Family Thomas
Foundation

The purpose of the foundation is to promote scientific research and education on ready-mixed and precast concrete, for example regarding the development of properties, production and applications, or other relevant replacement or building materials.

The purpose can be met, for example, by financial contributions to such research and education.

“Concrete is the definition of sustainability as it is such a durable construction material.”

Jan Thomas
Member of the Thomas Family

The Family Thomas Foundation is a foundation with the aim to fund research on sustainable concrete construction . Since​ its inception in March 2021, the purpose of the foundation is to promote scientific research and education on ready-mixed and precast concrete, for example regarding the development of properties, production and applications, or other relevant replacement or building materials.

In 2023, the foundation awarded a significant grant to a Master’s thesis focused on reducing the carbon footprint of piled foundations using advanced computational tools.

Moreover, the foundation has made a prominent investment in Chalmers University of Technology’s research on next-generation concrete binders. This five-year project aims to revolutionize concrete performance with low-carbon materials like volcanic ash and calcined clays.

Read more about the Thomas family and their foundation here: Family Thomas Foundation

It is now possible to apply for the 2024 scholarship, which is awarded to theses completed during the period from September 1, 2023, to August 31, 2024.

Nominations are made by the students’ examiner by December 1, 2024, at the latest.

Image: Johan Lindqvist och Anna Stigenberg – Authors of the 2023 grant winning thesis: “Optimization of piled foundations. An optimization study to reduce embodied carbon using parametric design tools”.

The winning theses since 2021

The aim of the foundation is to fund research on sustainable concrete construction as the overarching theme. We will give a grant (50 000 SEK per thesis) for the best MSc thesis in any of the following two categories, first one focusing on design and second on material level:

  1. Smart, resource-efficient design solutions which increase the competitiveness of concrete from a sustainability perspective
  2. Resource-efficient concrete that reduces the concrete’s climate footprint, including alternative binders and proportioning to reduce binder or clinker
The winning thesis of 2023

Optimization of piled foundations
An optimization study to reduce embodied carbon using parametric design tools

Authors: Anna Stigenberg, Johan Lindqvist
Examiner: Associate Professor Ignasi Fernandez, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY Master’s Thesis ACEX30

Gothenburg, Sweden 2023

Optimization of piled foundations

The winning thesis of 2022

Optimization of Cable Placement in Post-Tensioned Continuous Concrete Bridges
Development of Guidelines using Genetic Algorithms to Reduce Cost and Environmental Impact

Master’s Thesis in Master Program Structural Engineering and Building Technology
Authors: William Mjörnestål, Benjamin Pettersson
Examiner: Professor/Head of Division Mario Plos, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Concrete Structures
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technolog Master’s Thesis ACEX30

Gothenburg, Sweden 2022

Optimization of Cable Placement in Post-Tensioned Continuous Concrete Bridges

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