VIRTUAL LAB CONSORTIUM TO TEST CONCRETE AND CEMENT FORMULAS.
NIST researchers and industry partners intend to change that situation. They recently launched the Virtual Cement and Concrete Testing Laboratory (VCCTL) Consortium to develop a computer-based or "virtual" laboratory that could quickly evaluate cement and concrete mixtures. VCCTL consortium members will collect data on relevant raw materials and concrete mixtures, incorporate the information into computer models, and then use the computer simulation of different cement-based mixtures for rapid quality evaluations. Once material characteristics of different concrete and cement mixtures are known, computer models could reveal their "28 day strengths," as well as other properties of interest, within hours.
Six companies have joined the VCCTL consortium so far. Further private-sector membership is invited. Version 1.0 of the VCCTL software is available at http://vcctl.cbt.nist.gov.
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|Publication:||Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2001|
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