Shrinkage Compensating Concrete – Past, Present, and Future
|Publication Date:||1 March 2016|
Ed Rice has been involved in Shrinkage Compensating Concrete from its inception. As cofounder and President of T.Y. Lin and Associates from 1952 through 1970 Ed Rice promoted the novel use of concrete and concrete systems. As early as 1956 T.Y. Lin and Ed Rice provided the necessary funding for fundamental research by Alex Klein on expansive cements. This research led to the development of the Chemically Prestressed Concrete (CPC) co that was primarily in the pipe and roof slab business.
In 1965 under Ed Rice's direction as Chairman of CPC, Ed licensed Kaiser to run the first full scale burn at their Cushenberry cement plant and commercially produce the first shrinkage compensating concrete clinker in the world. In the fifty years since the first production run of shrinkage compensating cement Ed Rice has consistently worked to advance concrete cement technology. He holds 22 US patents in the field of concrete and building technology. For the last forty years Ed Rice has led CTS Cement Manufacturing Co., the largest producer of shrinkage compensating cement in North America. Often Ed Rice worked behind the scenes helping to promote shrinkage compensating concrete and the work of younger engineers. Ed Rice has been a consistent and steady advocate for both increased research on the behavior of shrinkage compensating cements; and increased use of shrinkage compensating concrete to produce stable and durable concrete structures.