This project is being conducted in partnership with the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in an effort to develop an ultra high performance concrete (UHPC) material that will be affordable and competitive in the U.S. market. The final goal is to provide a material that exhibits high performance standards and can be easily used when an all hazard/integrated approach is required. It should meet performance requirements for explosives and other natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, winds, and fire. The benefits of this product include durability, fewer reinforcement requirements, and low project maintenance. ERDC is the lead of this project and is being implemented with the collaboration of universities and national labs, which include Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Connecticut, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratory. This effort will be significant in the protection of the Nation's critical infrastructure. UHPC has been used by private companies in the U.S. and overseas with excellent results for the protection and retrofitting of buildings and infrastructure. The main challenge of this project is to eliminate the barriers that are an impediment for the commercialization and decrease the cost of producing UHPC. More information can be found in the Ultra High Performance Concrete Roadmap to Commercialization (PDF, 23 pages - 2.02 MB).
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