Cementing the Future: Grand Challenges in Construction Materials

Los Angeles, California
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cementing the Future: Grand Challenges in Construction Materials

Thursday, March 17, 2016 8:00 AM - Friday, March 18, 2016 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

UCLA Carnesale Commons
251 Charles E Young Drive West
Los Angeles, California 90095
United States

Phone: 310-267-5435
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About ​the ​Conference
Civil ​engineering ​infrastructure ​is ​aging ​and ​deteriorating, ​an ​issue, ​remediation ​of ​which ​involves ​huge ​maintenance ​and ​replacement ​costs. ​At ​the ​same ​time, ​due ​to ​the ​growth ​in ​population/transportation, ​the ​need ​for ​infrastructure ​keeps ​increasing. ​These ​aspects ​need ​to ​be ​balanced ​within ​the ​context ​of ​sustainability ​and ​reduction ​of ​CO2 ​emissions ​allocated ​to ​the ​construction ​community. ​The ​conference ​aims ​at ​identifying ​and ​discussing ​the ​"Grand ​Challenges" ​(of ​which ​there ​are ​many) ​in ​construction ​materials, ​and ​potential ​solutions ​to ​these. ​Focus ​is ​placed ​on ​identifying ​groupings ​of ​challenges ​and ​specific ​research ​directions ​for ​the ​academic ​community ​and ​industry ​to ​undertake ​towards ​solution ​of ​such ​anticipated ​challenges. ​As ​such, ​in ​potential ​submissions, ​authors, ​and ​speakers ​are ​expected ​to ​identify ​a ​"grand ​challenge" ​with ​some ​level ​of ​specificity ​and ​discuss ​how ​the ​outcomes ​of ​their ​research ​present ​a ​part ​of, ​or ​a ​complete ​solution ​to ​such ​challenge(s).

Conference ​Objectives
1. ​To ​categorically ​elucidate ​present/emerging ​issues, ​limitations, ​and ​opportunities ​in ​construction ​materials.
2. ​To ​emphasize ​how ​multi-scale ​(from ​atoms ​to ​continuum) ​experiments, ​modeling, ​and ​simulations ​can ​advance ​our ​understanding ​to ​take ​cement ​and ​concrete ​to ​the ​next ​level.
3. ​To ​highlight ​the ​problems/solutions ​shared ​with ​other ​materials ​(e.g., ​glass, ​soft-matter) ​and ​how ​a ​multi-disciplinary ​approach, ​which ​blends ​best ​practices ​from ​different ​fields, ​can ​revolutionize ​concrete.
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