Ongoing research into UHPC failure via tensile and shear failure is being conducted by multiple government agencies and universities around the world.Micro-reinforced ultra-high-performance concrete is the next generation of UHPC.

Many factors need to be taken into account, from the cost of the various additives and aggregates, to the trade offs between the "slump" for easy mixing and placement and ultimate performance.

A mix is then designed using cement (Portland or other cementitious material), coarse and fine aggregates, water and chemical admixtures.

Besides volcanic ash for making regular Roman concrete, brick dust can also be used.

Besides regular Roman concrete, the Romans also invented hydraulic concrete, which they made from volcanic ash and clay.

Often silica fume is added to prevent the formation of free calcium hydroxide crystals in the cement matrix, which might reduce the strength at the cement-aggregate bond.

Low W/C ratios and the use of silica fume make concrete mixes significantly less workable, which is particularly likely to be a problem in high-strength concrete applications where dense rebar cages are likely to be used.

Such software provides the user an opportunity to select their preferred method of mix design and enter the material data to arrive at proper mix designs. Regular Roman concrete for example was made from volcanic ash (pozzolana), and hydrated lime.

Roman concrete was superior to other concrete recipes (for example, those consisting of only sand and lime) used by other cultures.

These requirements take into consideration the weather conditions that the concrete will be exposed to in service, and the required design strength.

The compressive strength of a concrete is determined by taking standard molded, standard-cured cylinder samples.

The choice of a concrete mix depends on the need of the project both in terms of strength and appearance and in relation to local legislation and building codes.