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Kurama Receives Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Award

Allison Preston • DATE: November 20, 2018

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences Professor Yahya Kurama was the co-recipient of the 2018 Charles Zollman Award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI).

The Charles Zollman award recognizes the paper that is most “worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution in advancing the state-of-the-art of precast and prestressed concrete.”

The PCI Journal Awards Committee recognizes the best papers published in the PCI Journal. Kurama and Michael Brandes, design engineer at Schaefer Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio, and former graduate student at Notre Dame published the paper in the March-April 2018 issue of the PCI Journal. The paper was titled, “Effect of recycled concrete aggregates on strength and stiffness gain of concrete and on bond strength of steel prestressing strand.” 

The paper describes an experimental investigation on the use of recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) as a replacement for natural coarse aggregates (such as crushed limestone and gravel) in precast, prestressed concrete structures. Kurama and Brandes found that the use of RCA did not have a significant effect on the rate of concrete compressive strength or stiffness gain. However, it did have a small effect on the strand bond strength.

This year’s PCI Journal award recipients were recognized at the PCI Committee Days & Membership Conference Awards Luncheon on October 12 in Rosemont, Illinois.