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High-Performance, Stress-Relaxing Cementitious Composites for Crack-Free Pavements and Transportation Structures

Project Information

Project ID: 
Project Status: 
Start Date: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
End Date: 
Saturday, March 31, 2012
FHWA Program: 
Exploratory Advanced Research
FHWA Topics: 
Research/Technologies--FHWA Research and Technology; Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC); Roads and Bridges--Design; Roads and Bridges--Pavement and Materials; Roads and Bridges--Structures
TRT Terms: 
Cement; Cracking; Highways; Infrastructure; Materials; Pavements; Research
FHWA Discipline: 
Pavement and Materials
TRB Subject Area: 
Bridges and other structures, Pavements

Contact Information

First Name: 
Richard (Rick)
Last Name: 
(202) 493-3191
Infrastructure Materials Team
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
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Project Details

Project Description: 

The project proposes to use nanotechnology to introduce engineered inclusions in cement to relieve tensile stresses and thereby reduce cracking in concrete.


The key project objective is to increase understanding of and ability to improve properties of infrastructure materials.

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Deliverable Name: 
Report and presentations
Deliverable Type: 
Deliverable Description: 
The product includes a report and presentations, a TechBrief, and technical notes given to the Federal Highway Administration and papers presented at technical conferences on materials science.
Deliverable Name: 
Final report
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
The product is a final written report.
Deliverable Name: 
Software to quantify the distribution of a material in a mixture
Deliverable Type: 
Deliverable Description: 
Software was developed and provided to Federal Highway Administration that provides a method to quantify and describe the degree of distribution of fibers in cement paste, mortar, concrete, or any other material.