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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-16-017    Date:  October 2015
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-16-017
Date: October 2015


The Exploratory Advanced Research Program

Novel Alternative Cementitious Materials for Development of the Next Generation of Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure

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2. Government Accession No. 3 Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle

Novel Alternative Cementitious Materials for Development of the Next Generation of Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure

5. Report Date

October 2015

6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)

Lisa Burris, Kimberly Kurtis, and Tom Morton

8. Performing Organization Report No.


9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Georgia Institute of Technology
North Avenue
Atlanta. GA 30332
Woodward Communications. Inc.
1420 N Street. NW. Suite 102
Washington. DC. 20005

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

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12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Federal Highway Administration
6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101-2296

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

TechBrief, September 2014

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA‘s Contracting Officer's Task Manager (COTM): Zachary Ellis. HRTM-30 Technical Contact: Richard Meininger. HRDI-10

16. Abstract

Georgia Institute of Technology and collaborators from Oklahoma State University, Tourney Consulting, and the Army Corps of Engineers, for an Exploratory Advanced Research Program project funded by the Federal Highway Administration, are performing a comprehensive and systematic investigation of novel alternative cementitious materials (ACMs) for applications in sustainable transportation infrastructure. These cements include calcium aluminate, calcium sulfoaluminate, calcium sulfoaluminate belite, magnesium phosphate, and alkali-activated and carbonate-binder systems that provide potential advantages over traditional portland cement through reductions in embodied energy and greenhouse gases, as well as enhanced performance, which contributes to sustainability. The research includes evaluation of early-age and long-term material properties, in addition to multiscale durability investigations. The research team aims to provide guidance for recommended test methods and, where relevant, test limits for acceptance of ACMs for transportation infrastructure, including highway structures and rigid pavements, as well as preliminary specifications for use.

17. Key Words

novel materials, cement, next generation, transportation, infrastructure. sustainability, alternative cementitious material, ACM.

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions, This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service,
Springfield, VA  22161.

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