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MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub Updates Research, NRMCA Provides Technical Help

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The MIT Concrete Sustain Hub held a one-day workshop on February 23 to present progress on the Phase II work related to concrete science and life cycle assessment. Dr. Franz Ulm provided an overview of research progress on life cycle assessment of concrete pavements and buildings and introduced graduate researchers who presented brief updates on topics including:

  • Robust Life Cycle Assessment of Pavement Incorporating Uncertainty
  • The Impact of Pavement Vehicle Interactions on Fuel Consumption
  • Moving Life Cycle Assessment into the Design Phase of Buildings

Dr. Roland Pellenq detailed progress on the concrete science research and introduced graduate researchers who presented brief updates on topics including:

  • Mesoscale Simulation of Setting: from Granular Simulations to Predicting Setting Time
  • Heat Transport From the Scale of Atoms to the Scale of the US
  • Recent Advances on the Theory of Fracture, Applications to Concrete

NRMCA’s Lionel Lemay, Brian Killingsworth, Tien Peng and Colin Lobo are providing technical support and guidance for the MIT research and continue to provide a critical role in outreach and technology transfer. NRMCA has several upcoming events during which MIT research results will be presented or discussed as part of the program:

Additional resources, including 1-page summaries of the MIT research and downloadable PowerPoint presentations, are available from NRMCA at The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub is funded by the RMC Research & Education Foundation and the Portland Cement Association. For more information, contact Lionel Lemay at or 847-918-7101.


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