MEDIA ADVISORY: LSU Engineers Continue Bendable Concrete Project, Construction of Testing Section on Tuesday

BATON ROUGE – On Tuesday, May 28, researchers in the LSU Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management in the LSU College of Engineering will take the first steps in the large-scale testing phase of their research into Engineered Cementitious Composites, or ECC also known as bendable concrete, at the Department of Transportation and Development’s Pavement Research Facility.

Directions to the facility are available on this map.

Construction of the ECC overlay will begin at 6:30 a.m. and continue until 10:30 a.m. The ECC section will be 120-feet long and a second 60-foot-long section made of regular concrete will also be constructed to compare its performance to the ECC. Only construction will take place on this day, not testing.

The section of ECC overlay is the first-of-its-kind in the U.S. Following construction, the team will simulate truck loading for pavement testing by using a 65-foot-long Accelerated Transportation Loading System, or ATLaS 30. This equipment is capable of compressing many years of road wear into a few months of testing to obtain performance data on the ECC material.

Media are invited to attend. Please confirm your attendance by 2 p.m. on Monday, May 27, to Joshua Duplechain, LSU College of Engineering director of communications, in order to ensure you are on the list of approved media for the event at the facility.


Contact Joshua Duplechain
LSU College of Engineering

Alison Satake
LSU Media Relations