Proposed Standard Aims to Support New Materials that Maintain Concrete Sustainability

A proposed ASTM International standard aims to support use of new supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) that are needed to continue supporting concrete sustainability.

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Jan. 6, 2020 - A proposed ASTM International standard aims to support use of new supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) that are needed to continue supporting concrete sustainability.


"SCMs are common industrial residuals used to bolster the sustainability of concrete by improving performance and durability while also reducing the environmental footprint of the material," says Larry Sutter, assistant dean of engineering and professor at Michigan Technological University. He notes that the most commonly used SCMs have traditionally been coal fly ash and slag cement, the latter coming from the production of iron.

Sutter says that as coal-fired power production is reduced, supplies of coal fly ash are also reduced. Therefore, the concrete industry is looking for alternative SCMs to use in concrete. The proposed standard (WK70466) aims to expand the range of materials by developing the first performance-based specification for SCMs.

According to Sutter, the proposed standard, being developed by ASTM International's concrete and concrete aggregates committee (C09) will be most useful to licensed design professionals and architects who want to specify a broader range of materials. It will also allow concrete producers to have more flexibility in the choice of materials, leading to improved innovation.

Sutter notes that the proposed standard would support goals 9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructure), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), and 13 (climate action) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member at www.astm.org/JOIN. The next meeting of ASTM International's concrete and concrete aggregates committee is June 28 - July 1, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

To purchase standards, contact ASTM International customer relations (tel +1.877.909.ASTM; sales@astm.org).

About ASTM International
Committed to serving global societal needs, ASTM International positively impacts public health and safety, consumer confidence, and overall quality of life. We integrate consensus standards - developed with our international membership of volunteer technical experts - and innovative services to improve lives… Helping our world work better.

Featured Product

HEIDENHAIN - Linear Encoders for Length Measurement

HEIDENHAIN - Linear Encoders for Length Measurement

Nothing beats the positioning accuracy of linear encoders from HEIDENHAIN. Available in absolute and incremental versions and ideal for a variety of applications-including machine tools, semiconductor machines and medical machines-these measuring solutions combat a variety of issues that erode precision.