ACI Foundation Funds Research Projects

ACI Foundation LogoThe ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) selected eight research projects to receive grants this year. The ACI Foundation is committed to progress in the industry by contributing financially to both necessary and worthy research.

The following research projects will receive funding from the ACI Foundation:

Calibration of Simplified Creep and Shrinkage Models Developed Using Solidification Theory

Principal investigator Brock Hedegaard, University of Minnesota Duluth; co-principal investigator Mija Hubler, University of Colorado, Boulder. Also endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 209 Creep & Shrinkage.

Validation of Service Life Prediction for a 28-Year-Old Parking Garage Constructed of Low Permeability Concrete

Principal investigator Amanda Bordelon, Utah Valley University; co-principal investigator W. Spencer Guthrie, Brigham Young University. Also endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 234 Silica Fume in Concrete; 365 Service Life Prediction.

Determination of the Curing Efficiency of Externally and Internally Cured Concrete Using Neutron Radiography

Principal investigator Mehdi Khanzadeh Moradllo, Temple University; co-principal investigator W. Jason Weiss, Oregon State University. Also endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 213 Lightweight Aggregate & Concrete; 308 Curing Concrete.

Full-Scale Testing of a New Double-Beam Coupling Beam (DBCB) with a Simplistic Reinforcing Layout

Principal investigator Shih-Ho Chao, University of Texas at Arlington. Also endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318H Seismic Provisions.

Assessing ACI 318 Using Data from the 2015 and 2019 E-Defense 10-Story, Full-Scale Building Tests

Principal investigator John Wallace, University of California, Los Angeles. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318H Seismic Provisions; 369 Seismic Repair/Retrofit.

Behavior and Design of Concrete Structures under Natural Fires

Principal investigator Thomas Gernay, The Johns Hopkins University; co-principal investigator Patrick Bamonte, Politecnico di Milano. Also endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 216 Fire Resistance and Fire Protection.

Reliability Evaluation of ACI 318 Strength Reduction Factor for One-Way Shear

Principal investigator Robert Barnes, Auburn University; co-principal investigator Andrzej Nowak, Auburn University. Also endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 318E Section and Member Strength.

Durability of Anchorage Pour-backs: Evaluating the Link between Surface Preparation and Bond

Principal investigator Natassia Brenkus, The Ohio State University. Endorsed by ACI Technical Committee: 301-I Specifications for Post-Tensioned Concrete.

CRC seeks concrete research projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures in coordination with ACI Committees where possible. CRC recommended these eight projects for funding, based on impact to industry, ACI Committee engagement and also collaboration with other funders and organizations.

Additional information about each of this year’s awarded projects – including additional funding partners, research team, ACI committee involvement, project details, and more – is also available at

About The ACI Foundation

The ACI Foundation began in 1989. Its purpose is to promote progress, innovation, and also collaboration. It is owned and also operated as a non-profit subsidiary of the American Concrete Institute. Three councils make up the ACI Foundation; the Strategic Development Council, committed to resolving the issues of new technology acceptance within the concrete industry; the Concrete Research Council, which both funds and assists in the research of new concrete technologies; and the Scholarship Council which facilitates both student fellowships and scholarships.

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