Use of Internal Curing Materials to Improve Performance of Concrete Infrastructure

The project seeks to develop proper methodology to use internal curing materials to improve the performance and to prolong the service life of concrete. Typical mix design of high-performance concrete (HPC) approved by MoDOT will be used for the baseline mixture and will be modified with different types and contents of materials used for internal curing. This will be done to evaluate their optimum dosages and maximize their effectiveness on enhancing performance. Such materials will include lightweight sand (LWS) of different types and sources as well as the superabsorbent polymers (SAPs). The performance improvement from the internal curing materials mainly focuses on shrinkage and cracking potential. It is important to point out that such performance improvement should not sacrifice durability and cost competence of the concrete. The project will establish new mix design and curing recommendations of concrete made with internal curing materials and validate their performance through laboratory investigation and field demonstration. It is expected that the results obtained in this work will provide a basis for: (1) New mix design methodology and guidelines for using internal curing materials for various types of transportation infrastructure and pavement applications; and (2) Validation of performance improvement when using internal curing and cost competence in the State of Missouri.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:


    Rolla, MO  United States  65409

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Missouri Department of Transportation

    1617 Missouri Boulevard
    P.O. Box 270
    Jefferson City, MO  United States  65102
  • Managing Organizations:


    Rolla, MO  United States  65409
  • Project Managers:

    Khayat, Kamal

  • Performing Organizations:


    Rolla, MO  United States  65409
  • Principal Investigators:

    Khayat, Kamal

  • Start Date: 20160701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01611896
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC45
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 23 2016 1:41PM