Category: Seminars

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar: Thursday, 21, 2013; Room 642 Dow, 4:00 pm
Mary Christianson, PhD candidate will present a second seminar concerning an alternative bonding agent to the use of Portland cement. Topic: Geopoly-what? Part II: Developing glass-based geopolymer mortars
In part I of the Geopoly-what? series, CEE grads and faculty were introduced to the basics of geopolymers, a low-CO2 binder capable of performing equally to or better than ordinary portland cement in terms of mechanical and durability performance. Part II of this series offers a recap of the mechanisms behind geopolymer technology followed by a look into the development of glass-based geopolymer mortars activated with NaOH. A review of those materials currently used in geopolymer reseach as well as a discussion of the viability of glass for use in geopolymers will also be presented.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar; Thursday, February 14, 2013; Room 642 Dow; 4:00 pm; Bill Bulleit, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; “Thinking About Engineering: Is Philosophy Useful?” What makes engineering different from other disciplines? How do engineers do what they do? Is there such a thing as engineering knowledge? How do engineers make decisions under uncertainty? Does philosophy have anything to say about engineering? The seminar will address and begin to answer these and other questions.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar: Thursday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m., Dow 642.
Kiko de Melo e Silva will present a “Summary of the Experimental Equipment Available for Civil Engineering Research and the Rules Associated with Their Use,”
The seminar will include equipment available in Dillman Hall, Benedict Lab and the M&M Building, as well as the rules and costs pertaining to the use of these facilities. All experimental researchers who work with material properties, the makeup of materials and the preparation of the typical materials used in civil engineering are encouraged to attend.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar
This Thursday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m. in Dow 642 the weekly civil engineering graduate seminar series will begin. Our first speaker will be Dave Reed, vice president for research. Reed will address various topics associated with his office and the University’s commitment to research. He will also answer questions from the audience. All members of the Michigan Tech community are invited to attend.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar: Nov 8

Presenter: Renee Oats, PhD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
November 8, 2012; Dow 641; 4 pm

Title: An Evaluation of Using Digital Image Correlation for Condition Assessment of Bridge Infrastructure
Abstract: Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is an advancing optical technique that is gaining popularity for quantifying bridge response using a series of incremental digital images. DIC refers to a measurement technique that consists of correlating pixels in optical images. This correlation can be used to monitor 2-D and 3-D measurement changes in images. Included in this presentation is an overview of the DIC methodology and its uses in a variety of applications. This presentation also details an investigation of DIC for condition assessment and structural performance of bridge members and materials in the laboratory setting as well as an in-service bridge demonstration. Additionally, the benefits and challenges of the method will be discussed as well as the future research investigations of this method to enable efficient bridge performance measurements for advancing structural health monitoring of civil infrastructures.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar: Oct 18

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar Series: Thursday, October 18, 4:05 PM, Dow 641

Analysis of an Electric Vehicle Subscription Service Business Model that Includes Battery Swapping

By Jeff Lidicker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


One proposed strategy for facilitating the introduction of electric-drive vehicles is for vehicle purchasers to own the vehicle but to lease the battery from a third party, in order to help reduce the “first cost” hurdle to consumers. A further extension of this concept for all-battery electric vehicles (EVs) would include the ability for consumers to exchange their discharged batteries for charged ones, using “battery swap stations.” These would allow for extended driving range for EV service subscribers, but with increased costs to build and operate the stations. Our analysis centers around a “base case” scenario from 2012–2027 that includes a set of assumptions about subscriber membership levels, gasoline and electricity prices, corporate level expenditures, and the capital costs of batteries, charging stations, and battery swap stations. Our analysis suggests that the economics of this business model are challenging with current gasoline prices and the “base case” scenario assumptions, but that the economics can be favorable under certain circumstances.