Infrastructure Materials Engineering research is focused on the understanding and development of concrete materials. Our work is not limited to portland cement concrete, but includes the development and implementation of other binders including polymer concrete, which is particularly useful in repair applications.
Our program is also a focal point of research in the U.S. on calcium aluminate cements, which offer advantages of high early strength and durability; calcium sulfoaluminate belite cements and geopolymers, both of which offer CO2 and energy savings compared to portland cement; and development of novel binders based on the metabolic activity of bacteria.
We examine concrete on multiples scales, ranging from microstructural examinations and cement chemistry to full-scale field testing. We are a hub of concrete durability research, with extensive on-site outdoor concrete exposure testing of materials against which we benchmark accelerated laboratory tests.