Utilizing a Particle Packing Approach for an Illinois-specific, Nonproprietary, Low-Shrinkage UHPC

Ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) is a high-strength construction material with specified durability, workability, ductility, and toughness. Over the past 30 years, UHPC has been used in many diverse applications, including the construction of concrete piles, bridge connections, architectural building components, and blast-mitigating structures. Specifically, UHPC has been used by US departments of transportation in numerous projects, including link slabs, shear keys, nosing for joints, overlays, and concrete bearing stiffeners for steel beams. Considering the high-speed construction, enhanced durability, reduced maintenance cost, decreased elements size and complexity, and improved resiliency of UHPC, its rapid growth is expected in the state of Illinois. The objective of the project is to develop optimum mix designs of UHPC for general use in the state of Illinois. The main goal of pursuing this research is to facilitate the production of non-proprietary UHPC having optimal particle packing and made with locally available materials, which include fine aggregates (e.g., sand, silica powder, and fine quartz), cement, chemical and mineral admixtures, and steel fibers. In fact, to advance UHPC applications in the United States, and specifically in IDOT, two conditions need to be met: the cost of UHPC raw materials must be reduced to less than $1000/yd³, compared to the cost of about $2000/yd³ for prebagged materials, and structural systems must be developed to capitalize on the unique capabilities of UHPC to allow for reduction of member weight by about 50% while maintaining adequate strength and stiffness and preserving the high durability of the material.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $312500
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Illinois Department of Transportation

      Bureau of Materials and Physical Research
      126 East Ash Street
      Springfield, IL  United States  62704-4766
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

      Illinois Center for Transportation
      1611 Titan Drive
      Rantoul, IL  United States  61866
    • Principal Investigators:

      Garg, Nishant

      Gombeda, Matthew

    • Start Date: 20210701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01775597
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Illinois Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: R27-232
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jun 29 2021 4:27PM