Archives—November 2011


Bond Strength between UHPC and Normal Strength Concrete (NSC) in accordance with Split Prism and Freeze-Thaw cycling tests

Civil Engineering CE 5990 Graduate Seminar
Three graduate students will present their research topics in our Civil
Engineering Seminar. This Thursday- 4-5PM 11/10/2011, Dow 642

Miguel Angel Carbonell

CEE Graduate Student

Abstract

The rehabilitation of concrete structures, particularly within transportation infrastructure network is a major challenge for transportation agencies in the United States. This is especially true for concrete bridge decks, which are often subjected to severe operating conditions, both environmental and man-made. Often, the most appropriate strategy to preserve or rehabilitate these structures is to provide some form of a protective coating or barrier. Continue reading


Probabilistic Analysis via Aeroelasticity and System Identification on Wind Turbine Blades for Operational Structural Integrity Assessment

Civil Engineering CE 5990 Graduate Seminar
Three graduate students will present their research topics in our Civil
Engineering Seminar. This Thursday- 4-5PM 11/10/2011, Dow 642

Antonio Velazquez

Ph.D Student

Abstract

Wind energy is an increasingly important component of this nation’s renewable energy portfolio. Safe operation of wind turbine structures requires not only information regarding their condition, but their operational environment. Given the difficulty inherent in SHM processes and the stochastic nature of wind loads, a probabilistic framework is appropriate to characterize their risk of failure at a given time. Continue reading


The Incorporation of Discontinuous Fibers into the Structural Design of Cementitious Materials: A Look at UHPC

Civil Engineering CE 5990 Graduate Seminar
Three graduate students will present their research topics in our Civil
Engineering Seminar. This Thursday- 4-5PM 11/10/2011, Dow 642

Eric L. Kreiger

Civil/Structural Engineering Master’s Student

Abstract

The use of fibers in cementitious materials has existed for several decades. However, their incorporation into structural design has been limited. In normal strength concrete their primary purpose is crack control, which leads to improved post cracking behavior. The fibers are considered secondary tensile reinforcement, overshadowed by the primary reinforcing bars. Continue reading



Neil Hutzler, leaving a legacy

As Professor Neil Hutzler looks to retirement, he’s ensuring that a new generation is becoming inspired to consider engineering as a career. Hutzler is co-author of the recently published Family Engineering Activity & Event Planning Guide (2011) and co-director of the Family Engineering Program. Hutzler, and collaborator Joan Chadde, are busy conducting training workshops and promoting the program nationwide. Previous story


Energy Harvesting and Storage: A View From Nanoscale

Civil Engineering CE 5990 Graduate Seminar

Thursday November 3, 4 pm, 641 Dow

Abstract

The demands for renewable energy and improving the efficiency of existing energy technologies have triggered worldwide research on advanced materials for energy storage and conversion. The present talk gives an overview on the PI’s current research on energy harvesting nanowires, Li-ion batteries, and PEM fuel cells. Continue reading