LSU Researchers to Repair Sidewalk Section with Bendable Concrete

BATON ROUGE – On Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to noon, LSU Construction Management Research Associate Gabriel Arce and his team will repair two sections of sidewalk on LSU’s campus using Engineered Cementitious Composites, or ECC, also known as ductile or bendable concrete.

In contrast to traditional concrete, ECCs can undergo substantial amounts of deformation – 100 to 500 times that of regular concrete in tension – and has been proposed as a superior and cost-effective material for repair and construction in transportation infrastructure.

The work will take place on Tower Drive, near the intersection of Tower and South Stadium Drive, in front of the E.B. Doran Building.

The project, led by Arce as principal investigator, is titled “Evaluation of the Performance and Cost-Effectiveness of Engineered Cementitious Composites Produced from Region 6 Local Materials.” Construction Management Professor Marwa Hassan and Associate Director of the Louisiana Transportation Research Center Tyson Rupnow are co-principal investigators.

The project is sponsored by the Transportation Consortium of South-Central States, or Tran-SET, which is a collaborative partnership between LSU, Arkansas State 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, University of Texas at San Antonio, Navajo Technical University and Baton Rouge Community College.

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