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ACI Foundation funds eight new research projects

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) selected eight research projects to receive grants this year. The CRC seeks concrete research projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures in coordination with ACI Technical Committees.

The following research projects will receive funding from the ACI Foundation and were awarded based on relevancy and potential impact of the research, supplemental support for the project such as collaboration with other funders and organizations, overall proposal quality, researcher capability, and ACI Technical Committee engagement.

A Planning Study to Speed Up Broad Implementation of More Sustainable and Resilient Concrete Materials by the Pavement Sector

PI: Somayeh Nassiri, University of California Davis

Co-PI: John Harvey, University of California Davis

Endorsed by ACI Committee 240 – Pozzolans

Examining the Abrasion and Carbonation Resistance of Portland Limestone Cement Systems for Industrial Floors

PI: Mehdi Khanzadeh Moradllo, Temple University

Endorsed by ACI Committee 225 – Hydraulic Cements


Three- Versus Four-Point Bending Test for The Identification of UHPFRC/FRC Tensile Constitutive Behavior

PI: Francesco Lo Monte, Politecnico di Milano

Co-PI: Barzin Mobasher, Arizona State University

Endorsed by ACI Committee 544 – Fiber Reinforced Concrete


Leveraging Transfer Learning to Predict the Performance of Novel Concrete Mix Designs in an Expeditious Manner

PI: Stephanie Paal, Texas A&M University

Endorsed by ACI Committee 135 – Machine Learning-Informed Construction and Design


Ultra-High Performance Concrete Compressive Model in Flexural Compression Zone

PI: Yi Shao, McGill University

Endorsed by ACI Committee 239 – Ultra-High-Performance Concrete


Analysis And Design of Concrete Bridge Deck Overhang Using GFRP Bars

PI: Khaled Sennah, Toronto Metropolitan University

Endorsed by ACI Committee 440 – Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement and ACI Committee 343 – Concrete Bridge Design


Experimental Investigation of Use of UHPC to Simplify Structural Detailing of Precast Shear Walls in Seismic Regions

PI: Sriram Aaleti, University of Alabama

Co-PI: Michael E. Kreger, University of Alabama

Endorsed by ACI Committee 550 – Precast Concrete Structures (Joint ACI-ASCE)


Strength Reduction Factor for Plain Concrete

PI: Andrzej Nowak, Auburn University

Endorsed by ACI Committee 380 – Structural Plain Concrete; ACI Committee 332 – Residential Concrete Work; and ACI Committee 348 – Structural Reliability & Safety


The ACI Foundation is committed to progress in the industry by contributing financially to necessary and worthy research. Additional information about each of this year’s awarded projects—including additional funding partners, research team, ACI committee involvement, project details, and more—is available at


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