The Inorganic Materials Group conducts research to develop a fundamental understanding of the relationship between chemistry,microstructure, performance, and service life of conventional and innovative concrete construction materials, and other inorganic building materials. This work, involving the synergetic combination of experimental and computational materials science research, will enable the acceptance of new materials and will help the U.S. construction industry be competitive in advanced concrete materials and construction. The research is being coordinated with industry, voluntary standards organizations, trade associations, and federal and state government agencies.
Exploratory Projects (2015)
Cement Hydration Research- A collaborative effort supported by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration and involving multiple university research groups, this project is building fundamental understanding and next-generation modeling of the basic chemical, physical, kinetic, and nanostructural phenomena that determine how concrete binders hydrate, set, and develop strength.
Modeling Flow Turbulence- There are many important processes that involve turbulent flow of suspensions in confining geometries including flow of oil-sand slurries in metal pipes and mixing flow in bio-reactors. For this exploratory research project, the feasibility of developing a multi-scale model of turbulent suspension transport in confined geometries will be investigated using a novel approach called Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics
Early-Age Performance of Concrete Project—Successfully delivering the desired early-age performance of concrete, upon which long-term prediction of sustainable performance depends, requires careful selection of mutually compatible …
Measurement Science to Assure the Performance of Green Concretes Project—An effective strategy for making a more “green” concrete is to replace the portland cement (the binding component with large energy and CO2 footprints) with industrial by-products (IBP) such as fly …
Virtual Cement and Concrete Testing Laboratory—The Virtual Cement and Concrete Testing Laboratory (VCCTL) project develops and integrates state-of-the-art computational materials science tools into a user friendly software interface that can be …
Products and ServicesGSAS Rietveld Refinement for X-ray Powder Diffraction Analysis of Portland Clinker and CementsComputer ModelsComputer Integrated Knowledge System for High Performance ConcreteTest Stone Wall4SIGHT: Concrete Service Life PredictionCREME ConsortiumCREME PublicationsGreen Concrete Guide (September 2013)Electronic monograph
Dr. Chiara (Clarissa) F. Ferraris, Acting Leader