Advancing ultra-high performance concrete

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Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering


Over the past three decades, a wide range of ultrahigh- performance concrete (UHPC) products and solutions have been researched, developed, and implemented on hundreds of structural and architectural projects in numerous countries. Extensive research took place in Europe during the 1970s and 1980s as this class of materials was initially being envisioned. By the 1990s, UHPC began to be recognized by the broader community for its combination of superior properties, including strength, ductility, durability, and aesthetics--many declared it a revolutionary new material for the construction industry. Because of these combined properties, it has since been determined that UHPC is highly suitable and adaptable for a vast range of precast or field-cast applications, including structural elements, field-cast connections, and architectural elements such as facades and rainscreens. A significant number of UHPC projects now have more than 10 years of in-service performance, thereby validating these superior capabilities and providing added value to stakeholders.

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Concrete International