Structural Engineers Association of New York

The 3M's (Minimal Joints, Cracks and Curls), for Floors, Slabs and Toppings

  • 19 Apr 2017
  • 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.

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The 3M's (Minimal Joints, Cracks and Curls), for Floors, Slabs and Toppings

This lecture is presented by SEAoNY 2016 Honorary Member Bill Phelan

High performance floors, slabs and toppings require minimal joints, cracks and curls. These criteria are necessary for a majority of owners. It is possible to obtain these results with a suitable mix design along with proper placing and finishing and curing. The introduction of macro synthetic fibers facilitates minimization of cracking and curling while ensuring low shrinkage.

Simply producing an appropriate mix design does not guarantee a successful project with the 3Ms. A pre-installation meeting with all the parties involved is mandatory to achieve minimal joints, cracks and curls in the hardened state. These results can certainly be achieved with correct execution of a well-designed system. 

1.5 PDH Credits

This Lecture is sponsored by 


Bill Phelan


William S. Phelan is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Technical Services for The Euclid Chemical Company. He has been with Euclid for over 42 years. He received a B.C.E. from the University of Detroit.

He is an Honorary Member and Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, a Member of ACI 212, “Admixtures”, (Chairman, 2004 – 2010), a Member of ACI Committee 302, (Chairman 1980-1988), “Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction” a member of ACI 117, “Tolerances”, and ACI 308, “Standard Practice for Curing Concrete”. He is also a member of the Strategic Development Council Board of Directors (ACI). He is also the Self-Consolidating Concrete "Champion" for the SDC of ACI.

Bill received the Ernest E. Trolio Distinguished Service Award at the President's Ball on May 15th, 2015 from the Concrete Industry Board.

He was named one of The Five Most Influential People in the Concrete Industry in 2013. Published in Concrete Construction, January 2014.

Bill received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the New Jersey Chapter of American Concrete Institute in May 2011.

He was one of the selected Distinguished Leaders of the Industry Winner for 2007 from The Concrete Industry Board, Inc. in New York City.

He was The CANMET-ACI International Conference Winner for 2006 for “Development and Use of Chemical Admixtures in North America”.

He was The Samuel A. Face Jr. Award Winner for 2005 – The “Sam Award” for outstanding accomplishments in and contribution to The Art & Science of High Quality Horizontal Concrete Construction.

His seminar at the World of Concrete is: “High Performance Concrete: Key Requirements for the Concrete Team”.

He is a member of ASTM C09.22, “Materials Applied to New Concrete Surfaces,” ASTM C09.23, “Chemical Admixtures,” and ASTM C09.47, “Self-Consolidating Concrete.”

Mr. Phelan has been published in Concrete Construction Magazine, Concrete International Magazine and Structures Magazine.


Registration opens at 5:45 pm. Seminar begins promptly at 6:15 pm

For SEAoNY members, registration is $25 in advance or $35 at the door.
For non-members, registration is $40 in advance or $50 at the door.
For student members, registration is $5.

The event is at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place. 

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