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SBIR Phase I: High Performance Cement Additive from an Agricultural Byproduct

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
79451
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0611020
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
CHK GROUP INC
2045 BELGIUM DR Plano, TX 75025 3131
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: SBIR Phase I: High Performance Cement Additive from an Agricultural Byproduct
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0611020
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project addresses the manufacturing and testing of an agricultural byproduct (biomass) as a high performance cement (HPC) for highway applications. There are several benefits of using this processed byproduct, such as significantly increasing the compressive strength, reducing heat of hydration to prevent concrete cracking, and enhancing resistance to chemical weathering due to harsh environmental conditions. The United States generates 7.1 million tons of this biomass and the environmental pollution associated with heap burning results in a significant annual cost to the farmers for its disposal. Therefore, there is an urgent need to make value-added products utilizing this biomass. Furthermore, several state governments including federal agencies, e.g., U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration have mandated the use of HPC for structure durability and longevity. The proposal objective is to process this byproduct for HPC. Commercially, this application addresses drawbacks of current competing products such as the difficulty in handling fine dust particles, dark coloration, product availability, performance and cost; hence, the proposed byproduct will compete very well in the marketplace. This project could lead to enhanced revenues to the farmers, and create rural jobs without displacing workers from other industries. Additionally, the technology can be licensed to other countries producing this agricultural byproduct.

Principal Investigator:

Rajan K. Vempati
Dr
2147044128
chkgroup@worldnet.att.net

Business Contact:

Rajan K. Vempati
Dr
2147044128
chkgroup@worldnet.att.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

ChK Group, Inc.
11700 Audelia Road Dallas, TX 75243

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No