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ACI Foundation Funds 10 New Research Projects

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ACI Foundation Funds 10 New Research Projects

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) selected 10 research projects to receive grants this year. The ACI Foundation seeks concrete research projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures.

The following research projects will receive funding from the ACI Foundation and were awarded based on impact to industry, ACI Committee engagement and collaboration with other funders and organizations.

Alternative Supplementary Cementitious Materials from Local Agricultural Products 
PI: Lisa Burris, Ohio State University

Damage Classification of Reinforced Concrete Structures for Fire: Rebar Temperature
PI: Negar Elhami-Khorasani, University at Buffalo 
Co-PI: Ravi Ranade, University at Buffalo
Co-PI: Anthony Tessari, University at Buffalo

Development of a Phase Change Material-Based Heat-Absorbing Surface Covering for Concrete Pavements/Bridge Decks 
PI: Jung Heum Yeon, Texas State University
Co-PI: Togay Ozbakkaloglu, Texas State University

Evaluation of Early-Strength Development in Tension-Driven High Strength Concrete Formulations
PI: Matthew Gombeda, Illinois Institute of Technology
Co-PI: Nishant Garg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fatigue Behavior of FRP Bars Embedded in Concrete 
PI: Christian Carloni, Case Western Reserve University

How Much Consolidation Energy is Really Required to Create Concrete Specimens? 
PI: Dimitri Feys, Curators of the University of Missouri on behalf of Missouri University of Science and Technology
Co-PI: Kyle Riding, University of Florida

Maximum Reinforcing Ratio for Reinforced UHPC Beams: Towards Slender Elements 
PI: Yi Shao, University of California, Berkeley 
Co-PI: Claudia Ostertag, University of California, Berkeley

Multiscale Reinforcement of Hybrid Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete 
PI: Xijun Shi, Texas State University 
Co-PI: Zachary Grasley, Texas A&M University

Reliable Measurement and Speciation of Sulfur in Concrete Aggregates
PI: April Synder, RJ Lee Group
Co-PI: Michael Deible, RJ Lee Group

Shear Behavior of Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) Considering Axial Load Effects
PI: Dimitrios Kalliontzis, University of Houston

The ACI Foundation is committed to progress in the industry by contributing financially to necessary and worthy research. 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/research.

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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 Concrete Innovation Council, which identifies technologies and innovations and helps to implement when appropriate; 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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