Stiffer roadways could improve truck fuel efficiency

Study finds simple changes in road resurfacing practices could improve gas mileage for heavy vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 11, 2020 ~6 min

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New approach suggests path to emissions-free cement

MIT researchers find a way to eliminate carbon emissions from cement production — a major global source of greenhouse gases.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 16, 2019 ~7 min

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Paving sustainably

Researchers at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub study the many contextual factors that influence a pavement’s environmental footprint.

Andrew Logan | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
May 22, 2019 ~8 min

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From micro to macro

Insights on the formation of particle networks hold potential for engineering new and improved materials.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Chemical Engineering • mit
May 21, 2019 ~7 min

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Paving ahead: Model aims for infrastructure preservation

MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub researchers outline a new pavement maintenance model that accounts for future uncertainties in cost and deterioration.

Andrew Logan | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
April 8, 2019 ~5 min

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With buildings and infrastructure, it pays to take a life-cycle perspective | MIT News

Concrete Sustainability Hub research shows life-cycle thinking has long-term environmental and economic payoffs.

Anne Wilson Yu | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
March 30, 2018 ~4 min

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MIT students fortify concrete by adding recycled plastic | MIT News

Adding bits of irradiated plastic water bottles could cut cement industry’s carbon emissions.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 25, 2017 ~9 min

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Investigating a big dam concrete problem | MIT News

Researchers working to address concrete durability get a close look at the impacts of a chemical reaction known to cause structural problems.

Anne Wilson Yu | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
Sept. 13, 2017 ~5 min

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Building to better weather the storm | MIT News

New dashboard developed by the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub helps builders calculate the breakeven cost of hazard mitigation in hurricane-prone areas.

Anne Wilson Yu | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
June 13, 2017 ~5 min

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Global cement meeting paves the way for worldwide collaboration | MIT News

A recent meeting on the MIT campus laid the foundation for better coordination of global research relating to cement and sustainability.

Anne Wilson Yu | Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
March 2, 2017 ~5 min

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