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Research contrasts resistivity test vs. w/c ratio to gauge permeability

Sources: Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

A new RMC Research Foundation report based on work at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s College Park, Md. laboratory addresses the lack of a consistent and cost-effective concrete permeability test method. "Reliability of Resistivity Tests of Concrete" authors evaluate mix design and specimen preparation factors that impact resistivity measurement; their conclusions can be incorporated in standards driving agency and engineer specifications in public and private concrete construction. 

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Researchers link bricks' energy storage capacity to pigments, polymers

Sources: Washington University, St. Louis; CP staff

Looking beyond unit masonry's long-recognized thermal mass attributes, a Washington University faculty and graduate student team describes in a new study how to tap the electric energy-storing potential of iron oxide-bearing brick. 

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Embezzlement lands Cement Masons official time, restitution order

Source: U.S. Deparment of Labor

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division has settled an embezzlement case against former Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 148 Business Manager and Secretary/Treasurer Tony Westly, sentencing him to six months in prison plus three years of probation, and ordering payment of nearly $104,000 in restitution.

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NRMCA mobilizes salute to concrete delivery professionals

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

National Mixer Driver Appreciation Week, October 5-9, will afford ready mixed concrete producers and their allies an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and customer service of delivery professionals across the industry. NRMCA announced the event in conjunction with a rescheduling of this year's National Mixer Truck Driver Championship to September 2021. The competition is a major draw of the ConcreteWorks Conference and Expo, originally set for September 25-27 in Colorado but moved to October 7-8 in virtual format. 

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UHPC developer Kulish Design rebrands while closing key funding round

Sources: Steelike Inc., Springfield, Va.; CP staff

Steelike Inc., developer and supplier of a namesake ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) and formerly operating as Kulish Design Co. LLC, has announced a $2 million seed investment, led by a Chicago group. The funding will expedite research and development of mixes and production methods, while positioning staff to continue building contractor, engineer, agency and precast producer relationships. 

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