Research Institute of Concrete and Reinforced Concrete (NIIZHB) named after A.A. Gvozdev

As a structural subdivision of JSC Research Center of Construction, Research Institute of Concrete and Reinforced Concrete (NIIZHB) named after A.A. Gvozdev – is the largest in Russia field-oriented institute of the construction sector with long-standing scientific traditions and own scientific schools.

For many years, scientists and engineers of NIIZHB ⁠named after A. A. Gvozdev have successfully worked with current issues of concrete and reinforced concrete theory, durability and reliability of concrete and reinforced concrete structures, created new types of concrete, reinforcement, and materials for fabrication of high-quality concretes, elaborated prefabricated and in-situ reinforced concrete structures in compliance with the modern construction requirements, efficient architectural and construction systems, computer design methods for concretes, concrete and reinforced concrete structures, technologies and equipment for their fabrication, and coordinated research work in these fields.

Many innovative solutions defining the modern image of the construction sector were born within the Institute. These innovations include such basic areas as transition to year-round construction, development of prefabrication, and fabrication and application of pre-stressed concrete components.

In cooperation with iron and steel companies NIIZHB experts improve and create new basic types of widely applied rod and wire reinforcement of various grades, and simultaneously elaborate basic standards which regulate application of reinforcement in design and construction practice.

An important part of work of NIIZHB consists in monitoring and evaluation of state of reinforced concrete structures of various purpose, including NPPs under operation (Bilibino, Novovoronezh, Kursk, etc.).

Formation of regulatory framework in the field of concrete and reinforced concrete has always been one of the main tasks of the Institute. The Institute is the developer, author, and co-author of basic standards included in the List of national standards and code specifications approved by the Government of the Russian Federation which must be applied to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Federal Law No. 384-FZ Technical Regulations on Safety of Buildings and Structures, including: SNiP 52-01 Concrete and Reinforced Concrete Structures; SNiP 2.03.04 Concrete and Reinforced Concrete Structures Subject to High and Very High Temperatures; SNiP; 2.03.11 Protection of Building Constructions from Corrosion; SNiP 3.03.01 Bearing and Enclosing Structures, etc. In addition, the Institute is the author of the main regulatory technical documents on concrete technology, including nearly seventy national standards in total such as GOST 26633 Heavy and Fine Aggregate Concretes, GOST 25820 Light Aggregate Concretes, GOST 7473 Concrete Mixtures, and GOST 24211 Additives for Concretes and Mortars.

A number of scientists of NIIZHB are elected members of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences (RAACS) and International Engineering Academy (IEA).

Experts of the Institute cooperate with and speak at conferences and symposiums of international organizations focused on reinforced concrete, including the International Federation for Structural Concrete (FIB), European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization (ERMCO), International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS), International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), American Concrete Institute (ACI), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Scientists of NIIZHB are members of research and development boards of certain construction universities, including MGSU (Moscow State University of Civil Engineering), design and scientific technical associations, editorial boards of main construction magazines such as Concrete and Reinforced Concrete, Building Materials, Construction Technologies, Concrete Technologies, etc.

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