Concrete and Other Related Building Materials
Several studies have been
conducted at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) on
building materials, particularly concrete. They have been mainly
concentrated to enhance the durability of concrete under the aggressive
local conditions. The results of these studies have been published in
national and international journals. The research findings have also been
utilized to update international and national standards, such as ACI318, BS
8110, and Saudi Building Codes. As a result of these studies, KFUPM is
recognized as an institution of research excellence in the area of concrete
durability. Perhaps, KFUPM has also the largest number of researchers
working in the area of concrete and other building materials.
While the output of the researchers at KFUPM in the area of concrete is
commendable, the efforts are scattered leading to an unfocussed research.
Consequently, there is a need to conduct research in a more coordinated
manner. Formation of a formal Concrete Research Group (CRG) would also lead
to a conscentitious approach on the needed research, planning the long-term
strategies and optimizing the efforts thus enhancing the output in a more
systematic and organized manner.
The objectives of the group are to organize research
efforts in the area of concrete at KFUPM and plan more systematic research
and other activities. The Group would also conduct short courses and
seminars to educate the field engineers in the production of durable
concrete. It also aims to publish series of information brochures on
concrete protection and prevention methodologies. The tangible outcomes of
the groups are: development of information that could lead
to updating the prevailing specifications and codes of practices, patents
and publications in local and international journals.
The group would be hosted jointly by the
Center for Engineering
Research Instituteand the
Department of Civil Engineering.
The human and physical resources available at these two units, along with
those at the other collaborating departments, such as Physics, Chemistry,
Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering,
would be utilized by the Group.
Dr. Mohammad Maslehuddin (Group
Dr. Omar S.B. Al-Amoudi (CE)
Dr. Abul Kalam Azad (CE)
Dr. Mohammad Baluch (CE)
Dr. Ahmed S. Al-Gahtani (CE)