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A Graduate Research on the Cost Effective Analysis and Environmental Impact of Using Industrial Byproducts as Supplementary Cementitious Materials in Building Construction

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Analysis of Effectiveness and Impacts of Graduate Programs: Graduate Studies Division Technical Session 8

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Fazil T. Najafi University of Florida

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Dr. Fazil T. Najafi

For more than forty years, Dr. Fazil T. Najafi has worked in government, industry and education. He earned a BSCE in 1963 from the American College of Engi¬neering, in his place of birth, Kabul, Afghanistan, and since then came to the United States with a Fulbright scholarship earning his MS in civil engineering in 1972 and a Ph.D. degree in transportation in 1977. His experience in industry includes work as a highway, structural, mechanical, and consultant engineer and construction manager for government groups and private companies. Najafi went on to teaching, first becoming an assistant professor at Villanova University, Pennsylvania in 1977, a visiting professor at George Mason University, and then to the University of Florida, Department of Civil Engineering, where he advanced to associate professor in 1991 and then full professor in 2000 in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. He has received numerous awards including a scholarship award (Fulbright), teaching awards, best paper awards, community service awards, and admis¬sion as an Eminent Engineer into Tau Beta Pi. His research on passive radon-resistant new residential building construction was adapted in HB1647 building code of Florida Legislature. Najafi is a member of numerous professional societies and has served on many committees and programs, and continuously attends and presents refereed papers at international, national, and local professional meetings and conferences. Lastly, Najafi attends courses, seminars and workshops, and has developed courses, videos and software packages during his career. His areas of specialization include transportation planning and management, legal aspects, construction contract administration, and public works.

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Sarah Rajkumari Jayasekaran

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In the last two decades the concrete production has increased dramatically leading to the increase in Portland cement production and a huge increase in the production of Green House Gases (GHG) which contribute to global warming. With the growth in urbanization and industrialization a considerable quantity of industrial byproducts (fly ash, silica fume, slag etc.) are posing serious environmental issues. The focus of this research is to emphasis the benefits of using the industrial byproducts as supplementary cementitious materials (SCM) as a partial cement replacement in concrete. These materials are both reliable and suitable in promoting the environmental sustainability. This research will also document any existing methods available in applying the cost effectiveness of projects using industrial byproducts as SCM. A part of the research is to determine the cost effectiveness of using the industrial byproducts as supplementary cementitious materials. And to develop a comprehensive program to extrapolate the cost effectiveness of using them as SCM. The data obtained from various projects will be used in a model to analyze the cost effectiveness of the project. Based on the data collected from various agencies, a simulation model will be developed. Simulation model will simulate the cost effectiveness of using different byproducts for projects in the future. The effect on environment will also be simulated by showing the reduction in greenhouse gases. This research on cost effective analysis will be a future guide to the graduate division in creating a more cost effective and environmentally friendly concrete.

Najafi, F. T., & Jayasekaran, S. R. (2017, June), A Graduate Research on the Cost Effective Analysis and Environmental Impact of Using Industrial Byproducts as Supplementary Cementitious Materials in Building Construction Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27466

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