A meeting on the MIT campus has laid the foundation for better coordination of global research relating to cement and sustainability. Leaders of cement and concrete industry organizations from 11 countries and regions from around the US met with researchers from the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) in February to discuss cement and sustainability research and collaborate on opportunities to advance further research.
Since its founding in 2009, the CSHub has been a leader in research designed to reduce the environmental impact of concrete both in its manufacturing and its use. Such work is vitally important because there is no other material on the planet that can replace concrete when it comes to meeting demands of our civilization for housing, business, transportation and infrastructure.
The CSHub meeting gave the industry leaders an opportunity to present information about sustainability trends in their regions and countries, to learn about current work at the CSHub, and to see where there might be opportunities for cooperation. Among the current projects discussed with attendees was one in which the CSHub has teamed up with researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada, to gain scientific understanding to improve the durability of concrete, including potential means to mitigate freeze-thaw and alkali-silica reaction (ASR).
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