The National Concrete Masonry Association will inaugurate its Unit Production Research Facility, installed as part of a major research & development lab
The National Concrete Masonry Association will inaugurate its Unit Production Research Facility, installed as part of a major research & development lab overhaul earlier this year, to investigate optimizing cementitious and pozzolanic blends with various curing methods. The research will help establish a logical understanding and correlation between curing methodology and (dry cast concrete) mix designs’ cementitious materials content to maximize production economy and improve environmental attributes while maintaining product quality.
NCMA cites among benefits of the research data: use of post-consumer materials for sustainable products; potential energy cost savings through identification of optimum curing temperatures and lower kiln fuel consumption, in turn reducing an operation’s carbon footprint; and, a point of reference for pozzolanic replacement of portland cement based on a manufacturer’s curing system.
Industry professionals interested in joining the Production Research Project Task Group, which will oversee the undertaking, can contact NCMA’s Mike Maroney, [email protected].