Evaluation of Nano-Materials in Concrete for Improved Durability

The application of nanotechnology in the construction industry has led to significant advancements in enhancing the mechanical properties of concrete through changing concrete’s structure at the nanolevel. However, advancements in understanding how to leverage nanomaterials to combat durability issues has lagged behind the progress made on the mechanical property side. Concrete is susceptible to various physical and chemical degradation mechanisms that can reduce its service life. Historically, Class F fly ash has been used to address many of these degradation issues. However, with changes in fly ash quality and availability, identifying other materials that Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) can use to protect concrete against durability issues are needed. Over the last 20 years, much progress has been made in using nanomaterials in concrete mixtures, for example, nanoparticles have even been used in high-volume fly ash cementitious systems to offset the negative effects of fly ash on rate of hydration and early-age strength gain. This project will investigate the use of nanomaterials on the properties of concrete mixtures, with special emphasis placed on durability properties and self-healing capabilities. Various nanomaterials will be used, alone and in combination with supplementary cementing materials (SCMs). The most promising mixtures will be selected for field trails to validate laboratory findings.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $611267
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Managing Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Adediwura, Jade

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Transportation Research

    3925 W. Braker Lane
    Austin, TX  United States  78759
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ferron, Raissa Douglas

  • Start Date: 20220901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20260531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01863337
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-7141
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 3 2022 2:43PM