LSU Researchers Awarded Patent for Bendable Concrete

March 25, 2022

Image displaying flexibility of bendable concrete slab.BATON ROUGE, LA – A team of researchers in the Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management has received a U.S. patent for its creation of an Engineered Cementitious Composite, or “bendable concrete,” utilizing sugarcane bagasse ash as a key ingredient.

The team includes Marwa Hassan, LSU Construction Management professor; Hassan Noorvand, LSU Construction Management research associate; Tyson Rupnow, associate director of research in the Louisiana Transportation Research Center; Michele Barbato, University of California-Davis Civil and Environmental Engineering professor; and Gabriel Arce, research scientist at the Virginia Transportation Research Council.

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Work on the project was funded by Tran-SET, a collaborative partnership between nine major institutions and two community colleges, led by LSU, and established to address the accelerated deterioration of transportation infrastructure through “cutting-edge technologies, novel materials, and innovative construction management processes.” Its members are LSU, Arkansas State University, Baton Rouge Community College, Navajo Technical University, New Mexico State University, Oklahoma State University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University, University of New Mexico, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Texas at San Antonio.

Additionally, The Lemoine Company, Quality Concrete, IKON, and the Concrete & Aggregates Association of Louisiana (CAAL) have donated materials, equipment, and labor to the project.

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