ACI Foundation Funds Eight New Research Projects

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) selected eight research projects to receive grants this year. The CRC seeks concrete research projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures in coordination with ACI Technical Committees.

The following research projects will receive funding from the ACI Foundation and were awarded based on relevancy and potential impact of the research, supplemental support for the project such as collaboration with other funders and organizations, overall proposal quality, researcher capability, and ACI Technical Committee engagement.

A Planning Study to Speed Up Broad Implementation of More Sustainable and Resilient Concrete Materials by the Pavement Sector
  • PI: Somayeh Nassiri, University of California Davis
  • Co-PI: John Harvey, University of California Davis
  • Endorsed by ACI Committee 240 – Pozzolans
Examining the Abrasion and Carbonation Resistance of Portland Limestone Cement Systems for Industrial Floors
  • PI: Mehdi Khanzadeh Moradllo, Temple University
  • Endorsed by ACI Committee 225 – Hydraulic Cements
Three- Versus Four-Point Bending Test for The Identification of UHPFRC/FRC Tensile Constitutive Behavior
  • PI: Francesco Lo Monte, Politecnico di Milano
  • Co-PI: Barzin Mobasher, Arizona State University
  • Endorsed by ACI Committee 544 – Fiber Reinforced Concrete
Leveraging Transfer Learning to Predict the Performance of Novel Concrete Mix Designs in an Expeditious Manner
  • PI: Stephanie Paal, Texas A&M University
  • Endorsed by ACI Committee 135 – Machine Learning-Informed Construction and Design
Ultra-High Performance Concrete Compressive Model in Flexural Compression Zone
  • PI: Yi Shao, McGill University
  • Endorsed by ACI Committee 239 – Ultra-High-Performance Concrete
Analysis And Design of Concrete Bridge Deck Overhang Using GFRP Bars
  • PI: Khaled Sennah, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Endorsed by ACI Committee 440 – Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement and ACI Committee 343 – Concrete Bridge Design
Experimental Investigation of Use of UHPC to Simplify Structural Detailing of Precast Shear Walls in Seismic Regions
  • PI: Sriram Aaleti, University of Alabama
  • Co-PI: Michael E. Kreger, University of Alabama
  • Endorsed by ACI Committee 550 – Precast Concrete Structures (Joint ACI-ASCE)
Strength Reduction Factor for Plain Concrete
  • PI: Andrzej Nowak, Auburn University
  • Endorsed by ACI Committee 380 – Structural Plain Concrete; ACI Committee 332 – Residential Concrete Work; and ACI Committee 348 – Structural Reliability & Safety

The ACI Foundation is committed to progress in the industry by contributing financially to necessary and worthy research. Additional information about each of this year’s awarded projects—including additional funding partners, research team, ACI committee involvement, project details, and more—is available at

About The ACI Foundation

The ACI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports a wide range of research and educational initiatives that contribute to keeping the concrete industry at the forefront of technological advances in material composition, design, and construction. We engage with industry partners, invest in students and research, share knowledge, and provide programs to encourage innovation and new technology. The American Concrete Institute established the ACI Foundation in 1989 to promote progress, innovation, and collaboration in the industry.

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