Inaugural UHPC symposium heading to Iowa

Wapello County UHPC I-Girder - Graybeal FHWA
The first Interactive Symposium on Ultra High-performance Concrete (UHPC) will be held in Des Moines, Iowa from July 18 to 20. Pictured is Wapello, the first road bridge constructed in the United States using UHPC bridge girders.
Photo © Ben Graybeal, FHWA

The International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) is hosting the first Interactive Symposium on Ultra-high-performance Concrete (UHPC) in Des Moines, Iowa from July 18 to 20.

Material science and concrete professionals, structural/bridge engineers, students, producers, and building enthusiasts will join together to learn how UHPC can deliver enhanced durability and reduce maintenance and material consumption.

UHPC achieves what was previously thought unattainable engineering properties, such as superior durability and tensile strength. More and more it is being used in large-scale applications as structural or architectural elements like slabs, beams, columns, or joint material to bind prefabricated elements. UHPC has the potential to change how the building industry approaches sustainable high-performance structures.

The symposium includes interactive panels, expert presentations, and workshops on such topics as:
● latest developments in UHPC design and characterization;
● architectural uses;
● structural design and modeling;
● applications for bridges and infrastructure; and
● rehabilitation and retrofitting.

There will also be a student competition to develop and test an aesthetically attractive and structurally efficient flexural beam made of UHPC. The eight finalist teams hail from:

  • University of Ottawa;
  • Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China;
  • University of Alabama;
  • Iowa State University;
  • State University of New York;
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology;
  • University of Texas; and
  • University of Nebraska.

To learn more about the event, click here.

For more about UHPC, see previous The Construction Specifier articles, such as “Adjacent Precast Box Beam Bridges” and “Introducing G8Way DC: Ultra-high Performance Concrete Has it Covered.

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