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Concrete Research Hub Secures 5-Year Funding

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that its Concrete Sustainability Hub had confirmed funding for another five years—part of renewing its relationship with industry partners. The Hub focuses largely on developing sustainable concrete.

CSHub, founded in 2009, has spent the past two five-year phases working in collaboration with the Portland Cement Association and the Ready Mixed Concrete Research and Education Foundation (RMC). Over the next five-year phase, the Hub will receive another $10 million to further research in its already existing focuses on sustainable buildings and infrastructure.

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Michael Ireland, PCA President and CEO, noted that CSHub’s past research has allowed the industry to further investigate the properties of concrete and cement.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that its Concrete Sustainability Hub had confirmed funding for another five years—part of renewing its relationship with industry partners. The Hub focuses largely on developing sustainable concrete.

“On a per-unit-weight basis, concrete is a low environmental impact material,” said Jeremy Gregory, Executive Director for CSHub.

“It’s essential to our built environment due to its durability, strength and affordability. As a consequence, it’s the most-used building material in the world and hence, there is a significant opportunity to look at how we balance both its role in sustainable development and lower its environmental impact.”

Researchers at CSHub have examined concrete from the nanoscale level, all the way up to use in pavement and buildings. CSHub Faculty Director and MIT Professor Franz-Josef Ulm noted that by taking this ground-up approach, a number of possibilities are available to researchers.

“Taking CSHub’s work to the next level will not only help us achieve our goal of making concrete more sustainable, but will also continue to strengthen our communities by providing designers, owners and policymakers with the best information and tools available to make the best choices for their construction projects,” said Julia Garbini, executive director of RMC.

Previously, CSHub developed the Break-Even Mitigation Percentage dashboard in order to give developers the data needed for the costs of hazard mitigation. The tool also exhibits the return on investment for hazard-resistant construction.

MIT in the News

Earlier this month, researchers at MIT showed that a possible way to eliminate carbon emissions from cement production is being explored.

At the end of September, MIT researchers reportedly created a new blackest black accidentally. The material, made of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs), is currently on display as a coating applied over a $2 million, 16.78-carat natural yellow diamond.

   

Tagged categories: Colleges and Universities; concrete; Funding; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Research and development; Sustainability

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