CarbonCure's Vice President of Technology Development Sean Monkman recently presented at the 2014 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) International Concrete Sustainability Conference on May 13th in Cambridge, MA. The NRMCA's ninth annual conference was held in conjunction with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub Showcase on May 15, 2014.
The International Concrete Sustainability Conference's intention is to provide an opportunity for industry members and associates to learn and network, which exploring opportunities for industry growth, as well as tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing, design and construction. Highlights of this year's conference included a key note presentation by the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub research team where they presented the findings from the first phase of their research encompassing environmental life cycle assessment and life cycle cost analysis of concrete buildings and research along with new discoveries in the area of concrete science. After the research team had presented their progress made over the past five years, they presented ideas for what lies ahead, and how attendees can help work towards the next five years of evolution in the concrete industry.
Topics at this year's conference were broken down into 5 streams: life cycle assessment, low impact development, green concrete, new concrete technologies, sustainability initiatives and functional resilience. Monkman presented his work in a presentation entitled: "Carbon Dioxide Utilization in Fresh Industrially Produced Ready Mixed Concrete" under the stream of new concrete technologies. In his presentation, Monkman discussed CarbonCure's approach to beneficially using carbon dioxide to produce ready mixed concrete. Details regarding CarbonCure's two pilot demonstrations during the summer of 2013 were also presented, along with the effects of the absorbed carbon dioxide on concrete temperature, slump, slump life, heat evolution, compressive strength, flexural strength, and rapid chloride permeability test performance.