Research

Based on currently what we do and what we know, we perform and support research that is aimed at future for a safer, longer-lasting, and more economical infrastructure.  Our focus areas include research on new generation and high-performance construction materials, innovative testing and monitoring techniques, and improved design and construction practices.  We cover research areas such as wireless instrumentation, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and connected vehicles and highways.  With our research endeavor, we strive to improve the current code of practice as it relates to materials, design, and construction.

On-Going Research

Our on-going research interests include the following:

  • Development of ink (material formulations) for 3-D printing in construction

  • Integrated concrete and reinforcing steel 3-D printing

  • Pilot study for 3-D printing of a bridge from substructure to superstructure

  • Property improvements for concrete incorporating nanomaterials

  • Nano-sensors for structural health monitoring of concrete

  • Dispersion of nanomaterials in concrete mixtures

  • Environmental concerns associated with nanomaterials

  • Sensors for monitoring changes in concrete and steel properties

  • Corrosion monitoring sensors for reinforced concrete

  • Sensors for scour monitoring of bridges

  • Aligning infrastructure sensors and vehicle sensors

  • Deterioration modeling of bridges

  • Non-destructive evaluation techniques for bridges

  • Non-destructive evaluation techniques for water infrastructure (dams, locks, levees)

  • Tunnel inspection techniques

  • Development of a rapid and reliable test procedure for determining entrained and entrapped air in concrete

  • Optimum blend of supplementary cementitious materials in concrete

  • Non-portland cement concrete 

  • Understanding and mitigating alkali-silica reaction (ASR) in concrete

  • Guidelines for controlling cracks in bridge decks

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