UIUC Student Meeting

April 07, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
205 N. Mathews Ave., Newmark Civil Engineering Lab
Urbana, IL 61801

This meeting has been canceled.

Please join us and our University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Student Chapter on Tuesday, April 7th.

Presentation: 6:00 pm
Crane Bay
Dinner & Beverages will be served

Title: “Mass Concrete Mixture Development for Thermal Control”

Specifications for mass concrete often require explicit planning and control of thermal stresses. Historically, overdesign of compressive strength and usage of extremely high portland cement contents has caused varying degrees of early age cracking due to both thermal and autogenous shrinkage stresses in buildings and bridges. Development of low heat performance concrete or LHPC will help to minimize cracking and improve service life by meeting multiple performance objectives.  A properly designed LHPC can ease thermal control requirements and save time in the schedule, as well as provide a higher level of durability to owners. Design of LHPC requires minimization of cementitious materials content, optimization of supplementary cementing materials (SCMs), uniform gradation of aggregates, and selection of advanced admixture technology. A performance engineering approach incorporates durability in addition to early strength and constructability requirements to meet contractor needs. Performance requirements can include restrained shrinkage cracking resistance, linear free shrinkage limits, freeze-thaw resistance, alkali-silica reactivity, and chloride penetration resistance. Field performance to date has indicated that LHPC will provide owners with an increase in service life while meeting mass concrete specification requirements.

Speaker: Matthew D’Ambrosia, PhD, PE – MJ2 Consulting

Matthew D’Ambrosia, PhD, PE, is Principal and Co-Founder of MJ2 Consulting where he specializes in solving difficult problems for the construction industry. Dr. D’Ambrosia has about 20 years of experience in concrete materials behavior and research. His interests include materials optimization for specialized applications, durability-related mechanisms such as volume change and cracking, as well as new approaches for prediction and verification of service life and sustainability. He has expertise with large infrastructure projects throughout the world, such as tall buildings, bridges, highways, dams, and power plants. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in ten states.

Dr. D’Ambrosia teaches instructional courses for the industry and is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. He is Chair of ACI 562J on Repair Materials and ACI 209C on Creep and Shrinkage, and is a voting member of ACI 318A as well as numerous other committees.  He is a member of and former Chair of the ACerS Cements Division. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

There is no charge to attend. If you plan on attending, please let us know by e-mailing [email protected].

We are looking for sponsors to support this student event. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Brad Pfanenstiel at [email protected]