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Construction Materials Research

The main focus of the Construction Materials group is to conduct research having practical applications to the built environment. The research is rather broad in scope ranging from durability issues in concrete materials used for highways and runways to the rheological characterization of asphalt binders. Research in the materials area frequently involves collaboration with researchers in other areas within the Civil Engineering department as well as other departments (e.g., Materials Science & Engineering, Chemistry, and Environmental Engineering & Science) at Clemson University and other institutions.

Below is a sampling of recent research projects that the Construction Materials faculty and graduate students have been involved with:

Concrete Materials Research

  • Influence of Deicing Chemicals on Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR) in Concrete
  • Evaluation of ASR Mitigation Measures in the Presence of Deicing Chemicals
  • Rapid Set Patching Materials for Portland Cement Concrete
  • Evaluation of Lithium Compounds for Mitigation of ASR Caused by Deicing Chemicals
  • Evaluation of Concrete Maturity and Temperature Match-Cure Technologies for QA/QC Applications
  • Influence of Crumb Rubber Aggregate on Selected Properties of Portland Cement Mortars
  • Evaluation of Dilatometer to Study ASR Caused by Deicing Chemicals

Asphalt Materials Research

  • Evaluation of Liquid Anti-Strip Additives in Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)
  • Performance Grading of Crumb Rubber Modified (CRM) Binders
  • Evaluation of Polymer Modified Asphalt Binders
  • Temperature Segregation in Asphalt Pavements
  • Utilization of Waste Materials in Asphalt Mixtures (e.g., tire rubber, plastics, golf balls, and waste fibers)
  • Effects of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) on HMA
  • Ageing Effects of Asphalt Binder and Mixtures
  • Use of CRM RAP in New Asphalt Mixtures
  • Characterization of Asphalt Using Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
  • Fatigue Properties of CRM HMA Containing RAP


  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis for Pavement Selection
  • Feasibility of Using Scrap Tire Rubber in the Production of New Tires
  • Durability of Aggregates in South Carolina