The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is currently seeking papers for sessions taking place during the ACI Fall 2009 Convention in New Orleans, La., USA, and the ACI Spring 2010 Convention in Chicago, Ill., USA. More information about current Calls for Papers can be found by visiting www.CallforPapers.concrete.org.

Application of Fracture Mechanics

ACI Committee 446, Fracture Mechanics of Concrete, seeks papers for its technical session "Application of Fracture Mechanics to Concrete Structures and Composites," to take place during the ACI Fall 2009 Convention in New Orleans, La.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts on topics including, but not limited to, the application of fracture mechanics to explain and/or predict the service performance in a structure, the development of test procedures, and potential application of fracture-based concepts in design provisions.

Abstracts of 200-300 words, along with paper title, author name(s), and contact information should be sent to Kolluru Subramaniam at ksubram@ce.ccny.cuny.edu no later than Jan. 15, 2009.

Earthquake Resistance of Bridges

ACI Committee 341, Earthquake-Resistant Concrete Bridges, seeks papers for its technical session "How Do I Spice Up a Concrete Bridge to be Earthquake Resistant?" to take place during the ACI Fall 2009 Convention in New Orleans, La.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts on topics including, but not limited to, innovative techniques to improve earthquake resistance of concrete bridges.

Abstracts of one page, along with paper title, author name(s), and contact information should be sent to Mervyn Kowalsky at kowalsky@ncsu.edu or JoAnn Browning at jpbrown@ku.edu no later than March 9, 2009.

Maintenance and Repair of Bridges

ACI Committee 345, Concrete Bridge Construction, Maintenance, and Repair, seeks papers for its technical session "Recent Advances in Maintenance and Repair of Concrete Bridges," to take place during the ACI Spring 2010 Convention in Chicago, Ill.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts on topics including, but not limited to, case studies of damage and corresponding repair due to extreme events, state-of-the-art repair technologies, evaluation and inspection techniques, and maintenance of existing concrete bridges.

Abstracts of 200 words or less, along with paper title, author name(s), and contact information should be sent to Yail Kim at jimmy.kim@ndsu.edu no later than May 20, 2009.

For more information on ACI's current Calls for Papers, to submit an abstract, or to submit a Call for Papers for a concrete industry-related meeting or event, please visit: www.CallforPapers.concrete.org.