UTK student works with ORNL researchers to create greener, faster-drying concrete

A doctoral student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) teamed up with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in a collaboration with the Precast-Prestressed Concrete Institute to create a greener, faster-drying concrete.

Debalina Ghosh, who is working on her doctorate in civil engineering UTK’s Tickle College of Engineering, explained in this news release her motivation for the project. “Growing up in India, concrete is the first thing that comes into my mind when I think about construction,” she said. “But unlike other construction materials like timber and steel, researchers have not yet found an easy way to reuse or recycle concrete. So developing green concrete is the only way to make sure we can reap its advantage for another hundred years.”

Concrete is the most widely used manufactured material on the planet, and the second most-used material in the world after water.

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