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EPA Grant Number: SU831818
Title: P3 Design Project for an Interdisciplinary Team of Graduate Students: Development of Appropriate, Sustainable Construction Materials

Training engineers to use sustainable construction materials

The teams will research the use of natural pozzolans - a volcanic ash used to make cement - to construct buildings and will develop testing methods and guidelines to evaluate the suitability of local materials. The use of natural pozzolans for hydraulic cement began in prehistoric times but most of the world adopted the use of Portland cement concrete technology in the early 1900's. Students will determine the global prevalence of natural pozzolans and then identify and evaluate their usefulness using a set of environmental, social, and economic indicators that are applicable to the developing world.

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