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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-10-008
Date: November 2009

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An Online Introduction to Lightweight High Performance Concrete

Learn about the many uses of lightweight high performance concrete for bridges and other structures without having to leave your desk. The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Highways for LIFE program and the National Highway Institute (NHI) are hosting a free Web conference, Lightweight High Performance Concrete, on December 3, 2009, from 2:30–4 p.m. (eastern standard time).

Topics covered will include:

  • An introduction to lightweight concrete, including mix design, the range of densities and strengths, and cost.
  • Overview of material properties for lightweight concrete.
  • Case studies of U.S. and international bridge projects that have used lightweight concrete.
  • The Virginia Department of Transportation’s experience with using lightweight concrete, including information on laboratory tests and field applications.

The Web conference is part of the monthly NHI Innovations Series, which is designed to bring representatives from State and local transportation agencies, industry, academia, and others the latest information on today’s highway technology advances.

To register for the Lightweight High Performance Concrete Web conference, visit the NHI Web site at To sign up for the NHI Innovations mailing list and receive information about future sessions, send an email to For more information on the NHI Innovations series, contact Mary Huie at FHWA, 202-366-3039 (email:


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