THE CONMAT INITIATIVE: CHARTING AN INNOVATIVE PATH TO THE NEXT CENTURY

Recently, 11 basic construction material groups formed the CONMAT Council to create the materials and systems for a revitalized infrastructure. CONMAT differs from other infrastructure renewal efforts in that it emphasizes the use of high-performance construction materials and systems for superior strength and enhanced durability. The material representatives that comprise the CONMAT community are concrete, steel aluminum, coatings, fiber-reinforced polymer composites, hot mix asphalt, masonry, roofing materials, "smart" material devices and monitoring systems, stainless materials, and wood. This article examines CONMAT's priorities and its individual material budgets, and shares its 10-year vision of how high-performance materials can make significant improvements in the construction and repair/retrofit of key elements of the nation's infrastructure.

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  • Accession Number: 00720453
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 29 1996 12:00AM