United States Government's Role in High-Performance Materials for Infrastructure
T. J. Pasko, Jr., and G. J. Frohnsdorff
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high-performance concretes; high-strength concretes; infrastructure; United States Government; General
Sixteen agencies of the U.S. federal government have developed an interagency proposal for promoting the use of high-performance concrete and other materials for use in the nation's infrastructure. They are working jointly with the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF) to enlist private sector support for sponsoring a research and development program aimed at getting the materials into use. CERF is drawing upon the technical community, such as that in ACI, to define the various research needs and studies that will lead to materials acceptance. Materials other than concrete are addressed in other parts of the total program. Workshops were held in the spring and fall of 1993 to develop schedules and priorities. A tentative cost for the concrete program is approximately $200 million over 10 years, which includes some technology transfer and which would be expected to be matched by some private sector funding.