MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub
The Concrete Sustainability Hub is an interdisciplinary team of researchers from across the Institute. We work with, and bring together, leaders from academia, industry, and government to develop breakthroughs in concrete and infrastructure science. By investigating cement and concrete from the nanoscale up, and considering its full life cycle, we are working to reduce the energy footprint of the world’s most common building material.
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(2017-10-02)Cement paste is a complex multiphase material, roughly 50 percent of which, by volume, is composed of calcium-silicate-hydrates (C-S-H). The C-S-H phase, which lends the material its rigidity, appears to be a dispersion ...
Accounting for Rehabilitation Activity Uncertainty in a Pavement Life Cycle Assessment using Probability and Decision Tree Analysis (National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, 2015-08-12)In any life cycle assessment (LCA) for pavements, the designer must decide on which rehabilitation activities will be used to maintain the pavement over the analysis period. While this sounds simple, the fact is that there ...
Evaluation of the Albedo-induced Radiative Forcing and CO2 Equivalence Savings: A Case Study on Reflective Pavements in Four Selected U.S. Urban Areas (2017-08-01)There is a growing interest in developing cool pavement strategies to mitigate pavement’s impact on the global warming in recent years. One of the mitigation strategies is by increasing the solar reflectance (or albedo) ...