HIGH-PERFORMANCE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND SYSTEMS: BUILDING AN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

A clear recognition of the need to repair and rehabilitate the nation's rapidly deteriorating infrastructure has brought together diverse organizations representing 10 different material groups that traditionally compete for market share. The material scientists and engineers working with these different basic construction materials--aluminum, coatings, fiber-reinforced polymer composites, concrete, hot mix asphalt, masonry, roofing materials, "smart" material devices and monitoring systems, steel, and wood--have come together to craft a program that will help create a new infrastructure for the next century. The 10-year effort, known as CONMAT ("construction materials") is a $2 billion national program of technological research, development, and deployment to accelerate the commercialization of high-performance materials and systems. CONMAT was formally presented to the Clinton administration and Congress in December 1994. The key elements of the program and its implications for the highway community are highlighted in this article, which describes the plan presented in a recent publication, "Materials for Tomorrow's Infrastructure: A Ten-Year Plan for Deploying High-Performance Construction Materials and Systems" (CERF Report 94-5011 and 94-5011.E, Civil Engineering Research Foundation, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1994).

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 2-8, 29
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 179
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00711808
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 26 1995 12:00AM