Launched in October 2013, the ReStaR project concluded after two years with a presentation to the Research Executive Agency (REA) on 4 November 2015. This project was funded under the EU’s 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) and involved 13 partners (RTDs and SMEs) in 7 countries.
It aimed at improving, promoting and ensuring the reliability, precision and efficiency of the current European testing standards that form the basis of the technical data sheets for refractory products. The REA/European Commission were pleased with the project, highlighting the high quality of the technical work and its dissemination through articles, presentations at events and a website.
Work is still ongoing at the standardisation level in the EU framework (CEN TC187) and at the ISO level. In particular, the outcomes from ReStaR led to the drafting of revised EN testing standards and in the start of the discussion at the ISO level.
The presentation can be viewed here. Read the European Commission's ex-post evaluation of FP7 here.