ACI’s Concrete Research Council Funds 11 New Research Projects

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) selected 11 research projects to receive grants this year.The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) selected 11 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.

Alternative End-Specimen Conditions to Characterize Compressive Strength of Ultra-High-Performance Concretes

PI: Kinsey Skillen, Texas A&M University

Behavior of Slab-Column Connections under Wind Demand

PI: Christopher Motter, Washington State University

Direct Tension Test Results and In-Situ Response in Reinforced UHPC Beams: Relationship and Design Implications

PI: Sherif El-Tawil, University of Michigan

Evaluating Residual Strength of Corrosion-Damaged Reinforced Concrete Members

PI: Anca-Cristina Ferche, The University of Texas at Austin
Co-PI: Serhan Guner, The University of Toledo

Nano-Modified Calcined Clay-Based Cement Concrete: A High Modulus Concrete with Low Carbon Footprint

PI: Panagiotis Danoglidis, The University of Texas at Arlington

Novel Concrete Containments for Nuclear Reactors: Delamination Testing of Curved Wall Sections

PI: Christopher Jones, Kansas State University
Co-PI: Thomas Kang, Seoul National University

Proposal to Investigate ICF Wall Construction Meeting the Requirements of NFPA 285 – Phase II

PI: Shamim Rashid-Sumar, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Co-PI: Douglas Bennion, Quadlock

Strut-and-Tie Design of Disturbed Regions Utilizing Internal Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement

PI: Rudolf Seracino, North Carolina State University
Co-PI: Giorgio T. Proestos, North Carolina State University

Sustainable and Safe Reinforced Concrete Retaining Walls

PI: Luis Fargier-Gabaldon, University of Notre Dame

The Role of Testing Conditions and Concrete Durability Issues in Chloride Binding and Desorption of Cementitious Systems

PI: Mahmoud Shakouri, Colorado State University

Rheological Behavior of Fresh Ultra-High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) Enhanced by Nano-Additives and Data-Driven Approaches

PI: Chengcheng Tao, Purdue University
Co-PI: Kamal Khayat, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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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