Partnering with a local concrete block manufacturing plant to improve quality of construction materials in Haitiâ€™s Central Plateau
This paper presents a successful ongoing partnership between Clemson EngineersÂ for Developing Countries (CEDC) and a concrete masonry unit (CMU) manufacturing plant inÂ rural Haiti. The infrastructure destruction and resulting loss of life of the 2010 earthquake inÂ Haiti highlighted the need for improved building materials and codes. This partnership has helpedÂ to improve the strength of CMUs in the plant, both creating a safer local built environment andÂ expanding the economic opportunities for this plant. Using samples of aggregate and cement fromÂ the site in Haiti, students in Clemson performed experiments to optimise the CMU mix design andÂ made other suggestions to improve efficiency and quality of their product. Consistency continuesÂ to be a challenge for the CMU plant, and this paper also describes proposed procedures to helpÂ the plant implement quality control and quality assurance plans.
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