Rapid Set Cement for Precast Prestressed Bridge Girder Applications

This study will investigate calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) cement as a sustainable alternative to portland cement in precast concrete. Compared with portland cement, CSA cement offers a 60% reduction in consumption of natural resources, 50% lower associated carbon emissions, and 35% lower embodied energy. CSA cement offers the additional benefits of very rapid hydration and improved durability over portland cement. CSA cement exhibits setting times between ten minutes and one hour, which will allow precast CSA concrete elements to be cast and demolded in a fraction of the time that their portland cement concrete counterparts require. Since CSA-based materials exhibit improved dimensional stability and resistance to chloride ingress, as well as immunity to alkali-silica reaction and sulfate attack, the durability of the resulting precast elements will be exceptional.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $119467
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    P.O. Box 6050, Department 2880
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108-6050
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Utah State University, Logan

    Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    Logan, UT  United States  84332
  • Principal Investigators:

    Maguire, Marc

    Sorensen, Andrew

  • Start Date: 20171211
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200505
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-560

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01656118
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2018 11:29AM