U.S. Department of Energy Funds NRMCA Research Project

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will fund NRMCA’s research proposal entitled New Technology Based Approach to Advance Higher Volume Fly Ash Concrete with Acceptable Performance. The grant is valued at about $200,000 and is expected to begin in April 2006 and last two years. NRMCA’s grant is one of eight selected by DOE out of more than 52 proposals submitted.

NRMCA will serve as the principal investigator for this project. The research will be conducted at the NRMCA Research Laboratory (NRMCA-RL) in College Park, MD, which is nationally recognized for its expertise in applied concrete research over many decades. NRMCA-RL is currently focusing on projects that will have an impact on the ready mixed concrete industry in the short term of less than four years. To pursue this objective, NRMCA-RL is working with universities and renowned researchers on a variety of projects and proposals. 

The project being funded by DOE is a research collaboration between NRMCA, Professor Dimitrious Goulias of the University of Maryland and internationally renowned concrete researchers Dr. Nick Carina (retired, National Institute of Standards and Technology) and Professor Anton Schindler from Auburn University. Dr. Carino, a Fellow of ACI and ASTM, is recognized worldwide for his expertise in concrete technology and nondestructive test methods. Professor Anton Schindler will be receiving the 2006 ACI Wason Medal for Materials Research.

For more information, contact NRMCA's Karthik Obla at 1-888-846-7622, ext. 1163 or by e-mail at kobla@nrmca.org


Published August 11, 2006