The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) announced five research projects designed to benefit the industry and provide students with valuable experience. The following projects currently are underway at MTSU:

  • A collaborative project with five labs throughout the United States determining the best way to consolidate and cast cylindrical specimens for pervious cement.
  • Comparison of new fiber with existing markets' fibers to determine viability of the fiber's ability to prevent plastic shrinkage cracking.
  • Investigation of a new liquid admixture that could be used to enhance workability, set time, and cement replacement for pervious concrete mixes.
  • Review pull-out strength of rebar in high-strength lightweight concrete with local precast plants and manufacturers.
  • Two industry literature searches: 1) compilation of all pervious concrete research that has been done to date, and 2) compilation of all papers that reference the comparison of fiber reinforced concrete versus welded wire fabric and how well it performs.

The MTSU faculty mentor and train students to use unfamiliar equipment. The CIM program's goal is to educate articulate graduates with basic business management, knowledgeable of concrete technology, and techniques. Visit