Welcome to ACBM's website!
Established in 1989, ACBM is now the world's preeminent research consortium on cement and concrete. ACBM conducts basic research for a better understanding of the materials science of cement and concrete. It has contributed major advances in the knowledge of these materials and their behavior.

ACBM Research Institutions include Northwestern University, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Affiliate Institutions include Universite de Sherbrooke, Icelandic Building Research Institute, Delft University of Technology, Politecnico di Milano, Technical University of Denmark, and Universite Laval.

Industrial Partners include Haliburton, Holcim, Lafarge, PCA, and W.R. Grace.

For more information on ACBM, visit the Overview page.

ACBM researchers and Industrial Partner representatives should visit the members section and sign-up for a login and password. This will enable those users to view information on meetings and research updates.


Join Us for a Dinner Honoring
Professor Surendra P. Shah

The Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials is holding a dinner to honor Professor Surendra Shah, its retiring director.

March 21, 2010 (during the ACI Convention)
7:30 p.m.
Ryan Atrium, Lurie Research Center, Northwestern University
303 E. Superior, Chicago, Illinois

The Ryan Atrium is located seven blocks north of the Chicago Sheraton, location of the ACI convention. It is approximately a ten minute walk on Fairbanks Street (the Atrium is located between Huron and Superior Streets). For those driving, limited pay street parking is available in the neighborhood. Be sure and look for the pay boxes as there are no meters on the street. Note that parking fees are assessed until 9:00 p.m. A Northwestern Hospital parking garage is located just west of the Atrium. There is an entrance on both Superior, an east-bound one-way street, and Huron, a west-bound one-way street.

Dinner registration: Dinner registration is now closed. If you have questions about your registration, please contact us at acbm@northwestern.edu.

Send a note and picture: A book of messages and photos from well wishers is being compiled for Professor Shah. Messages should be short, fitting into a 5 x 7 inch space. Handwritten messages, which are preferable, should be scanned at the highest resolution possible. Photos should also be scanned as a high resolution electronic picture file such as TIF, TIFF, PICT. Documents for the book must be received by March 12 and sent via e-mail to Richard Garza (richardg@northwestern.edu).

Please contact Richard via e-mail or phone (847.491.3858) if you have any questions.

We hope you are able to attend and look forward to seeing you on March 21.

News Briefs
Nathan Tregger named 2007 Outstanding Student of the Year
Every year, the Transportation Research Board honors the most outstanding students from each participating University Transportation Center. These students are selected based on accomplishments in areas such as research, academic performance, and leadership. Nathan Tregger is a graduate student at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. His current research focuses on the hardened-state properties of concrete. At the same time, Nathan has been a teaching assistant for several classes and oversaw undergraduate research projects.

Congratulations Poster Winners from the March 26 & 27, 2008 Semiannual Technical Review
1st place: "Shrinkage and shrinkage Cracking Behavior of Paste and Mortar Made with Cements cntaining Interground Limestone" - Aleksandra Radlinska, Purdue
2nd place: "Novel Chemical-Thermal Treatment of Rice Husk Ash to Enhance Properties of High Performance Concrete" - Andres Salas, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
3rd place - TIE:
"Frost Damage in Concrete " -
Zhenhua Sun, Princeton University
"Constitutive Modeling of Partially Saturated Materials: Cement Paste and Vycor Glass" -
Ivan Vlahinich, Northwestern University

Projects and Publications ACBM is currently entering its second research cycle (2003-2006). New Research Projects have been selected which focus on ACBM's three broad topic areas; Designing for Performance, Life Cycle Prediction, and Waste Material Utilization. Additionally, a complete list has been compiled of ACBM Publications resulting from the first cycle of funding (2000-2003).


Spring 2007 Newsletter
Click here to download the newsletter pdf file.
Upcoming Events
Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Workshop
The 2009 UFE Workshop will be held July 13 & 14 at the Portland Cement Association headquarters, in Skokie IL. More information can be found at the workshop website: http://www.cement.org/learn/acbm_09workshop.asp.

SCC 2010: Fourth North American Conference on the Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete
The Fourth North American Conference on the Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete will be held September 26-29, 2010, Montreal, Canada. The conference will be held in conjunction with the 6th International RILEM Symposium on SCC. For more information, please visit the SCC 2010 website.


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Raissa Ferron, Northwestern University President Bienen, and Professor Shah at a Northwestern Fellowship Ceremony, where Raissa received recognition for being awarded the ASTM Fellowship Award.


Last updated: 03/02/2010

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