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Inorganic Materials Group

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The Inorganic Materials Group, with the cooperation of industry, is performing research to develop a fundamental understanding of the relationship between chemistry, microstructure, performance, and service life of conventional and high-performance concrete and other inorganic building materials. This work involves the synergetic combination of both experimental and computational materials science research. This work 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.

Programs/Projects

Long Term Performance of Concrete Project—Sustainable concrete construction design for durability requires performance-based metrics of expected durability and service life prediction. Implementation of both design for durability and …

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 …