Research, plant design trends headline SCC 2013 Conference agenda

Sources: Self-Consolidating Conference 2013 Organizing Committee; CP staff

The Fifth North American Conference on the Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC2013), May 12–15 in Chicago, will see researchers, practitioners and educators from 30 countries present 130-plus papers on SCC testing, production, application and promotion.

Consistent with the theme, “The New Normal–Innovation, Application and Production,” SCC2013 will include these presenters and topics: Grace Construction Products’ Ara Jeknavorian, “Use of Chemical Admixtures to Manage Robustness of Self-Consolidating Concrete through the Use of the Workability Box;” BASF Construction Chemicals’ Joseph Daczko, “Application and Quality Control of Self-Consolidating Concrete for Tomorrow;” Northwestern University Professor Surendra Shah, “Future Research in Self-Consolidating Concrete;” and, Ghent University (Belgium) Professor Geert De Schutter, “Towards the Concrete Factory of the Future with Self-Consolidating Concrete.” Bradley Young of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, the architect/engineer behind the SCC-built, 1,043-ft. Trump International Hotel and Tower—the Americas’ tallest reinforced concrete building—will present “SCC in Iconic Supertall Towers.”

Between the conference’s three plenary sessions are 10 technical sessions, each with three concurrent presentations. Among paper topics are rheology and workability, constituent materials, mix design, bridge structures, mechanical properties, fiber-reinforced SCC, high-strength SCC, environmentally friendly SCC, formwork pressure, simulation and prediction, production and quality control.

Capping off the schedule is a May 15 workshop on SCC production, testing, and evaluation at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Through hands-on demonstrations, participants will observe and conduct a series of field tests to learn to identify common problems in SCC mixtures and produce consistently high-quality SCC.

The American Concrete Institute, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association and Federal Highway Administration are among sponsors joining lead organizers Iowa State University Institute for Transportation and Northwestern University Center for Advanced Cement Based Materials in the SCC2013 production. Additional information on the conference and workshop agenda, networking events and registration can be obtained here.