Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials (ACBM)


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Northwestern University
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Evanston, IL 60208-4400
United States

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ACBM was established in 1989 as a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, dedicated to the cement and concrete industries. By focusing on research, education, and technology transfer, ACBM has contributed major advances in the knowledge of cement and concrete materials and their behavior. Hundreds of students and visiting scholars have participated in research at ACBM and have gone on to careers in industry and academia to continue this important work. ACBM conducts annual workshops for faculty from colleges and universities nationwide on state-of-the-art cement and concrete technology and has established a strong interaction with companies, associations and government agencies. Many companies have adopted and optimized new technologies based on expertise developed through collaborative efforts with ACBM.


Much of the way we live depends on concrete. Our houses, roads, cities and underground support systems are all structured from this uncommonly common material. This concrete infrastructure is gradually crumbling. Trillions of dollars will be required over the next 20 years to repair cement and concrete structures. More importantly, the need for stronger and more durable cement-based materials has never been more critical. The Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials (ACBM) was founded to address this major need. ACBM is composed of outstanding scientists and engineers from Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, Purdue University, the University of Michigan and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Center's purpose is to improve and enhance the performance of vital construction materials.

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