Development of Reactive Powder Concrete (RPC) Products in the United States Construction Market

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Title: Development of Reactive Powder Concrete (RPC) Products in the United States Construction Market

Author(s): Edward Francis O’Neil, Christophe Evian Dauriac, and Scott Keith Gilliland

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 167

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 249-262

Keywords: Grade crossings; piles; pipes (tubes); poles (supports); railroad ties; silica flour; silica fume.

Date: 3/1/1997

Abstract:
A public-private partnership has been chosen to ignite the introduction of RPC into the United States construction market. This research and development project is being conducted under the Construction Productivity Advancement Research (CPAR) program of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The project was initiated in the fall of 1994 and it will run for three years. The program goal is to verify product integrity and gain industry acceptance and commercialization by developing and demonstrating the technical and economic viability of RPC for producing culvert/sewer pipes, pressure pipes and piles. T h e primary technology transfer has been completed, US component material source identification has been brought into action and material property verification has been initiated. Other US products development efforts have been initiated. These applications include : 0 0 spun cast concrete poles, impact resistant railroad ties and grade crossing planks.