Federal Highway Administration and Solidia Technologies Announces Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
Nov 18 13
Solidia Technologies, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration are engaged in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to investigate and develop a durable, sustainable and cost-effective highway construction material for potential use in transportation infrastructure applications. The CRADA is a mechanism for the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, a Federal laboratory of the FHWA, to provide resources (other than funds) for the purpose of collaborating with Solidia Technologies on specific research or development efforts which are consistent with the mission of the laboratory. Solidia Technologies has invented and patented innovative new technologies for the production of cement and concrete that, combined, reduce carbon dioxide (CO(2)) emissions up to 70% while using less water, less curing time and lower kiln temperatures. Solidia Cement(TM) and Solidia Concrete(TM) are produced with equipment and materials that are nearly identical to current industry practice. Waste CO(2) is recycled in the curing of Solidia Concrete. The first phase of this agreement, performed at the FHWA's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Va., will document the compressive strength, flexural strength, freeze-thaw durability, and other basic properties of Solidia Concrete. Results on this phase of the research are expected in early 2014. Focused primarily on the properties and performance of Solidia Concrete and more limited analysis of Solidia Cement, the CRADA will ultimately address the use of Solidia Concrete in specific transportation infrastructure such as culverts, sound barriers, traffic barriers, pavement and bridge components.