• Development of Sensors to Detect Early Age Cracking


    Mohammad Pour-Ghaz and Tim Barrett use acoustic emission and electrical conductivity sensors to assess the cracking potential of bridge deck elements.

    Large scale
  • Cellulose Nanocrystals Reinforcement for Cementitious Systems


    Yizheng Cao investigates how CNC can be used to reinforce cement paste systems as a method to increase tensile strength. This image shows the ball-on-three-ball flexural test for fiber-reinforced cement composites.

    Flexural test
  • Soy Methyl Ester (SME) as a Concrete Sealant


    Paul Imbrock applies SME sealant to a pavement joint for a field trial on US 231 in Lafayette, IN. Paul and Jeff Spiro are examining premature joint deterioration and the potential benefits of sealing the concrete in the joints.

    Soy Methyl Ester
  • Portland Limestone Cement – Making Concrete More Sustainable


    Tim Barrett and Hongfang Sun investigate how portland limestone cements (PLC) influence early age cracking potential using the restrained ring test. These cements have the potential to reduce the CO2 emissions from concrete and reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

    Rapid Chloride Penetration
  • Rapid Electrical Testing Using the Bulk and Wenner Methods


    Robert Spragg investigates the use of rapid electrical tests such as surface resistivity and the bulk resistivity test to provide a rapid indication of concretes durability.

    Rapid Electrical Testing
  • Service Life Models and Transport Properties of Concrete


    Carmelo DiBella uses a series of tests to quantify ionic absorption and transport in concrete and uses computational models to predict the service life of concrete.

    Diffusion test
  • Improving Sustainability with Internally Cured High Volume Fly Ash Concrete


    Igor De La Varga works with researchers from NIST to examine the application of internal curing for high volume fly ash concrete elements.

    Fly Ash
  • Microbially Induced Corrosion of Concrete (MICC)


    Mitch House and Liqui Cheng conduct studies to better understand how the service life can be predicted for concrete sewer and septic tank elements.

    Fly Ash
  • Damage Detection in Pipelines Subjected to Earthquake Motions


    Mohammad Pour-Ghaz works with researchers from Michigan, Cornell, Princeton and Merrimack College to develop a sensing network to develop sensors for concrete pipelines subjected to ground displacement.

    Damage Detection in Pipelines

Welcome to the Purdue Cement and Concrete Materials Group   

The Purdue cement and concrete materials group is actively involved in various aspects of research, education, and industrial collaboration that is necessary to develop solutions to many real world problems associated with concrete performance.
The strength of our group can be attributed to the diversity of the disciplines each member has been trained in and our desire to work together to solve multi-disciplinary problems.

Purdue is fortunate to have well-equipped state-of-the-art facilities that enable complete chemical and physical analysis.

We invite you to contact us if you are a student considering graduate studies or are interested in any further information on our research we perform and we will be glad to provide further information.

News & Events

SURF Students

Congratulations to our to Summer 2015 SURF Students!

We would like to congratulate our 2015 summer SURF students Corey Beck and Yvette Valadez-Carranza on their hard work over the summer. It has been a great experience working with them and we wish them the best in their future. Yvette's research poster was chosen as one of the Top Research Posters, and is recognition of the hard work that she put into her project. Thanks to both Yvette and Corey for joining the group this summer!

SURF Students

Welcome to Summer 2015 SURF Students!

We would like to welcome 2015 summer SURF students Corey Beck and Yvette Valadez-Carranza to the group. Corey is a Purdue undergraduate student that will be working on curling of portland cement concrete pavements. Yvette is visiting from San José State University and will be working on cellulose nano-crystals and how they can be incorporated in portland cement systems.

More information about the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) can be found here.

JTRP Salt Interaction

JTRP Publishes a Concrete-Salt Interaction Webpage.

The Joint Transportation Research Program has published an online summary of the work on the interactions of chloride based deicing salts and concrete. The summary is based, in-large part, of recently graduated PhD student Yaghoob Farnam.

More information about the interaction of chloride based deicing salts and concrete can be jound at JTRP: here.

Todak ACI Award

Congratulations Heather Todak!

We would like to congratulate Heather Todak on receiving the 2015-2016 ACI Graduate Scholarship. Congratulations Heather!

A list of recipients of can be found here.

Dr. Yaghoob Farnam, PhD

Congratulations Yaghoob Farnam!

We would like to congratulate Yaghoob Farnam for successfully defending his PhD thesis titled "Damage development, phase changes, transport properties, and freeze-thaw performance of cementitious materials exposed to chloride based salts." and completing his degree in the spring semester.

An abstract of Yaghoob's work can be found here.

Master Catherine Lucero

Congratulations Catherine Lucero!

We would like to congratulate Catherine Lucero for successfully defending her MSCE thesis titled "Quantifying Fluid Transport in Cementitious Materials Using Neutron Radiography." and completing her degree in the spring semester.

An abstract of Catherine's work can be found here.


Grad Students Win Intramural Volleyball Championship

Weiss Group members of Flash Set win the Spring 2015 Grad/Faculty/Staff Intramural Volleyball Championship! Members of Weiss' group include Nathan Todd, Catherine Lucero, and Hadi Shagherdi.

Nate Todd and BBBS

Graduate Students Recognized for Their Service to the Community

Graduate Students Nathan Todd and Robert Spragg were featured in a Purdue Exponent article for their volunteer work with the Greater Lafayette Big Brother Big Sisters. BBBS is an organization that pairs mentors with young people in the community to develop life-long, positive relationships. More information can be found from the Greater Lafayette Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Purdue Exponent Article.

Yaghoob Farnam

Yaghoob Farnam receives 2015 College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award

This award recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in research through peer reviewed publications, awards for research, leadership, potential contribution, academic achievement and participation in professional societies. Yaghoob has performed an excellent research to understand the influence of various deicing chemicals on the performance and durability of cementitious materials in civil engineering infrastructure. During the course of his study, he has demonstrated a high level of competence for theoretical, experimental, and computational approaches to understand damage mechanisms and to find ways that can mitigate the damage. Every year, a considerable amount of national budgets are dedicated on repairing, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the existing infrastructure and Yaghoob's contribution to this field can have a huge impact in increasing the durability, sustainability, and performance of concrete infrastructure.


Mobile Infrastructure Materials Testing Laboratory Makes First Visits of The Season

The Mobile Infrastructure Materials Testing Laboratory (MIMTL) has begun site visits for the 2015 season. The MIMTL is a jointly supported project to increase technology transfer between Purdue University researchers and concrete producers and contractors in the State of Indiana. Personnel utilizing the MIMTL include Laboratory Manager Cameron Wilson and Graduate Students Nathan Todd and Taylor Washington. More information on the MIMTL can be found from the Joint Transportation Research Program.

Purdue News

Collaborative Work Featured by the Purdue News Service

Colloaborative work the reserach groups of Professor Pablo Zavattieri, Civil Engineering; Dr. Robert Moon, U.S. Forest Service; and Professor Jeffrey Youngblood, Materials Science and Engineering, was recently featured by the Purdue News Service. The story highlighed the work of recent PhD graduate Yizheng Cao whose thesis evaluated the use of cellulose nanocrystals. More details can be found from the Purdue University News Service or the recently published paper in Cement and Concrete Composites.

Todak and Lucero in Concrete Infocus

Research Featured in Concrete inFocus

Recently, the ongoing research of MSCE students Heather Todak and Catherine Lucero was featured in the maganize of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Concrete inFocus. The work discusses why concrete mixtrures are air entrained and the concept of critical degree of saturation.

The article can be asccessed on-line from NRMCA: here.

Albert Miller

Congratulations Albert Miller!

We would like to congratulate Albert Miller for successfully defending his MSCE thesis titled "Using a Centrifuge for Quality Control of Pre-Wetted Lightweight Aggregate in Internally Cured Concrete." and completing his degree in the fall semester.

An abstract of Albert's work can be found here.

Weiss Murphy Award

Professor Weiss Featured by Purdue Teaching Acedemy

Dr. Weiss was featured in a recent video series developed by the Purdue Teaching Academy for his work on making civil engineering materials classes more engaging. He uses iClickers to encourage peer instruction and increase student interaction, and uses time lapse photography to show large scale construction projects and long-term deterioration of infrastructre.

More information can be found here.

Dr. Weiss' video can be found here.

Weiss Murphy Award

Congratulations Professor Weiss, 2014 Murphy Award Winner!

Congratulations to Jason Weiss, the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Pankow Materials Lab, who has been named a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards in Memory of Charles B. Murphy. Professor Weiss is one of five professors on campus who received this prestigious Award in 2014. This is Purdue's highest honor to recognize exceptional teaching at the undergraduate level by a faculty member.

More information can be found here.

Charles B. Murphy was a history professor at Purdue from 1927 to 1970 and previous recipients of this award can be found here.

Yaghooob receives PCA

Congratulations Yaghoob Farnam, 2014 J.P. Gleason Fellowship Award Winner!

Congratulations to Yaghoob Farnam, PhD Candidate in the Civil Engineering Materials Group, who has been named a recipient of the 2014 PCA Education Foundation J. P. Gleason Fellowship. The support provided by the Education Foundation is used to identify and attract outstanding candidates in the field of the cement and concrete. Yaghoob is one of four students who were selected in 2014 for this prestigious award.

Information about the PCA's fellowship program can be found here.


PEGASAS and FAA work featured in the Wall Street Journal

Work by PEGASAS and the Federal Aviation Administration was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. The research has highlighted work towards making pavements more resistance to freezing.

The article can found at The Wall Street Journal.

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