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The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) selected six research projects to receive grants this year. The ACI Foundation is committed to progress in the industry by contributing financially to necessary and worthy research.

The following research projects will receive funding from the ACI Foundation:

Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) Tool: principal investigator Kathrina Simonen, Carbon Leadership Forum, University of Washington, and Phil Northcott, C-Change Labs. Endorsed by ACI Committee 130: Sustainability of Concrete.

An Innovative Approach to Concrete Confinement Reinforcement: principal investigator Ashley Thrall, University of Notre Dame, and Yahya Kurama, University of Notre Dame. Endorsed by Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 550: Precast Concrete Structures.

Effective Characterizations of Recycled Concrete Aggregate (RCA) for Concrete Applications: principal investigator Jiong Hu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Tara Cavalline, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Endorsed by ACI Committee 555: Concrete with Recycled Materials.

Deconstruction Monitoring of a Cast-in-Place Segmental Concrete Box Girder Bridge: principal investigator Matthew Yarnold, Texas A&M University, and John Mander, Texas A&M University. Endorsed by ACI Committee 342: Concrete Bridge Evaluation, and 343: Concrete Bridge Design.

Structural Response and Buckling Behavior of Slender Ultra High Performance Columns: principal investigator Mohamed Moustafa, University of Nevada, Reno. Endorsed by ACI Committee 239: Ultra-High Performance Concrete.

Optimization of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Using Data Mining: principal investigator Emilio Garcia-Taengua, University of Leeds. Endorsed by ACI Committee 544: Fiber-Reinforced Concrete.

CRC seeks concrete research projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures in coordination with ACI Committees where possible. CRC recommended these six projects for funding, based on impact to industry, ACI Committee engagement and collaboration with other funders and organizations.

Additional information about each of this year’s awarded projects – including additional funding partners, research team, ACI committee involvement, project details, and more – is available at ACIFoundation.org.


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The ACI Foundation was established in 1989 to promote progress, innovation, and collaboration and is a wholly owned and operated non-profit subsidiary of the American Concrete Institute. Three councils make up the ACI Foundation; the Strategic Development Council, committed to resolving the issues of new technology acceptance within the concrete industry; the Concrete Research Council, which funds and assists in the research of new concrete technologies; and the Scholarship Council which facilitates student fellowships and scholarships.

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