University of Ottawa students named finalists in UHPC competition

Wapello County UHPC I-Girder - Graybeal FHWA
The first Interactive Symposium on Ultra High-performance Concrete (UHPC) will be held in Des Moines, Iowa from July 18 to 20. Pictured is Wapello, the first road bridge constructed in the United States using UHPC bridge girders.
Photo © Ben Graybeal, FHWA

The International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) is hosting the first Interactive Symposium on Ultra-high-performance Concrete (UHPC), which includes a student competition with a finalist team from the University of Ottawa.

Material science and concrete professionals, structural/bridge engineers, students, producers, and building enthusiasts will join together to learn how UHPC can deliver enhanced durability and reduce maintenance and material consumption.

With its superior durability and tensile strength, UHPC is increasingly being used in large-scale applications as structural or architectural elements like slabs, beams, columns, or joint material to bind prefabricated elements. UHPC has the potential to change how the building industry approaches sustainable high-performance structures.

The symposium, held in Des Moines, Iowa from July 18 to 20, includes interactive panels, expert presentations, and workshops on such topics as:
● latest developments in UHPC design and characterization;
● architectural uses;
● structural design and modeling;
● applications for bridges and infrastructure; and
● rehabilitation and retrofitting.

There will also be a student competition to develop and test an esthetically attractive and structurally efficient flexural beam made of UHPC. Along with the Ottawa contingent, the finalist teams hail from:
● Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China;
● University of Alabama;
● Iowa State University;
● State University of New York;
● Missouri University of Science and Technology;
● University of Texas; and
● University of Nebraska.

To learn more about the event, click here.

For more on UHPC, check out Construction Canada articles, such as “Advancing Bridge Performance with UHPC,” “An Ultra-high-performance Upgrade,” and “Whitemans Creek Bridge: Accelerating Construction with UHPC and FRP.”

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