BS in Architectural Engineering
Architectural Engineering Department
The purpose of this project was to experience the design-build project delivery method in the context of a research-fueled, procedural testing investigation. Thus, this project consisted of 3 main components each of which will be addressed in this report.
The first aspect to be addressed is the research aspect. The goal of our research was to establish a chemical understanding of how replacement of cement with pozzolans in a grout mixture affects chemical processes and resulting structural characteristics within and of the grout. This research was then applied to formulation of potentially self-consolidating mix designs to be tested in the next aspect of the project.
The next aspect of the project to be addressed is the application of the research to formulation of mix designs followed by the evaluation and analyses of said mix designs. This included ASTM procedurally guided testing of slump flow, j-ring slump flow, visual stability index identification, blocking assessment, compressive testing, and consolidation assessment. The goal of this testing was to establish a self consolidating grout mix design in accordance with ASTM C 476 which defines a self consolidating mix by its performance in terms of slump, visual stability, and compressive strength.
The final aspect of the project to be addressed is the design build experience encountered while carrying out the procedural portion of the project. This will be discussed on the basis of criteria outlined by the Design Build Institute of American, namely 3 key terms assigned to successful design build project delivery, collaboration, integration, and communication. Each of these terms will be discussed in the context of our experience on this project.