Superhydrophobic Engineered Cementitious Composites for Highway Bridge Applications: Technology Transfer and Implementation

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Final Report

Primary Investigators

Konstantin Sobolev
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
3200 N. Cramer St.


The strength and durability of highway bridges are two key components in maintaining a high level of freight transportation capacity on the nation’s highways. SECC is a new advanced concrete material with polyvinyl alcohol fibers and hydrophobic compounds, which is under development by the current CFIRE project 05-10.The SECC is an effective substitute to conventional concrete that can provide the strength and durability demanded in key regions of highway bridges. The proposed project will deal with technology transfer and implementation of the developed SECC.


The proposed project aims to transfer to practice newly developed superhydrophobic engineered cementitious composite (SECC) with a service life of 120+ years. This advanced material is required to replace the conventional concrete in critical elements of highway/bridge infrastructure. This work will result in an acceptance of a new generation of concrete with significantly improved ductility, durability, and sustainability through a longer life and less maintenance. Furthermore, the proposed effort will promote the use of green construction materials with significant volumes of supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) to reduce the detrimental impact of cement production on the environment.


  1. Develop technical and promotional documents and presentations.
  2. Organize the workshops and conferences.
  3. Design and implement dedicated web-based platform for SECC.
  4. Implement a small-scale pavement/ramp repair project using SEEC.

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013
  • Budget: $65,980 ($9,980 in matching funds)
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student and two undergraduates
  • Modal Orientation: Highway, Air
  • Project ID: CFIRE 06-03
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