Predicting the Behavior of Cracked Concrete Exposed to Contamination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W912HZ-06-P-0017
Agency Tracking Number: A052-126-3486
Amount: $118,413.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-126
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
350 Hochberg Road, Monroeville, PA, 15146
DUNS: 052545431
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Boyd Clark
 Senior Scientist
 (724) 325-1776
Business Contact
 Richard Lee
Title: President
Phone: (724) 325-1776
Research Institution
Concrete durability and its impact on life-cycle infrastructure costs and military readiness is a major societal issue. This SBIR Phase I project focuses on the feasibility of a concrete durability software model that considers the effects of cracks on contamination in concrete. Concrete contamination may affect durability and serviceability. Cracked concrete will contaminate faster leading to potential early degradation and repairs. Most concrete structures have cracked concrete somewhere or scattered everywhere. Models are needed to assess the rate of degradation for critical military facilities so operational readiness can be maintained. Today, no model exists to consider the effect of micro or macro cracks in concrete. This SBIR Phase I program will include feasibility assessments of contamination modeling from various ionic, immiscible liquids, and biological agents. The software program will be crucial to modeling contamination levels from these agents, effectiveness of remedial treatments, and the efficiency of potential preventative treatment measures. The key deliverable under this work in Phase I would be an investigation of cracking phenomenon, preliminary elaboration of the contamination model, and initial model validation.

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