Reinforced Concrete Research Council: Why So Successful—

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 8, Pg. 84-85


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: At 30 years old the first-formed of ASCE's 14 research councils, the Reinforced Concrete Research Council is also one of the most successful. Some 40 RCRC research projects have been completed or are in progress, and reportedly the results of almost all of them are being used in practice. The codes governing design of most concrete buildings and bridges are based in good part on RCRD research. The article describes some of the keys to RCRC success including: (1)on the Council are representatives of all three parties to a research project—practitioners who will one day use the research findings, investigators who do the research, and the most important organizations funding research in this field. Also a task committee is set up to shepherd each RCRC report, and sets high standards as to quality of research and in the report of research findings. Perhaps most important, RCRC begins the whole process by trying to identify the most pressing needs of practice, and then determines if it's a need answerable by research. If so, RCRC undertakes the project.

Subject Headings: ASCE activities | Concrete | Reinforced concrete | Research | Standards and codes

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