ACI Foundation funds UHPC, SCM, concrete specimen research

Sources: American Concrete Institute Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

Among 10 projects receiving 2022 ACI Foundation Concrete Research Council grants, two address ultra-high performance concrete: “Maximum Reinforcing Ratio for Reinforced UHPC Beams: Towards Slender Elements,” under principal investigator Yi Shao, University of California, Berkeley; and, “Shear Behavior of UHPC Considering Axial Load Effects,” under Dimitrios Kalliontzis, University of Houston. Joining them on this year’s roster are these projects and investigators:

• “Alternative Supplementary Cementitious Materials from Local Agricultural Products,” Ohio State University’s Lisa Burris;

• “Damage Classification of Reinforced Concrete Structures for Fire: Rebar Temperature,” University of Buffalo’s Negar Elhami-Khorasani;

• “Development of a Phase Change Material-Based Heat-Absorbing Surface Covering for Concrete Pavements/Bridge Decks,” Texas State University’s Jung Heum Yeon;

• “Evaluation of Early-Strength Development in Tension-Driven High Strength Concrete Formulations,” Illinois Institute of Technology’s Matthew Gombeda;

• “Fatigue Behavior of FRP Bars Embedded in Concrete,” Case Western Reserve University’s  Christian Carloni;

• “How Much Consolidation Energy is Really Required to Create Concrete Specimens?,” Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Dimitri Feys;

• “Multiscale Reinforcement of Hybrid Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete,” Texas State University’s Xijun Shi; and,

• “Reliable Measurement and Speciation of Sulfur in Concrete Aggregates,” RJ Lee Group’s April Synder.

 Additional information about each of this year’s awarded projects, including funding partners, research team, ACI Committee involvement, and project details, is available at