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Washington State University National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE)

Call for Abstracts: Resilience, Failure Mitigation, and Preservation of Concrete Bridges and Structures

Professors Jimmy Kim and Xianming Shi will be moderating a special technical session at the spring 2023 ACI conference focusing on advances in the resilience, failure mitigation, and preservation of concrete bridges and structures. The convention is scheduled for April 2-6, 2023 in San Francisco.

Call for Abstracts

Of interest are presentations concerning a wide variety of technical aspects from laboratory experiments to field applications, involving the evaluation, design, and construction of load-bearing members and systems. Specific subjects include resilience, redundancy, performance reliability, fragility, recovery after seismic events, rehabilitation and preservation methods, uncertainty analysis, failure mechanisms, remaining service life, functionality metrics, and hazard mitigation. Case studies are considered appropriate. The session will bring to light recent research findings and best practices, and will provide an opportunity to discuss present challenges and technical demands. The session will benefit those who lead the design and construction of bridges and structures toward resilient and sustainable built-environments.

Deadline for Abstracts: January 31, 2022

1) Presentation title, 2) authors’ name, affiliation, mailing address, and email, and 3) abstract no more than 300 words

Send To:

Yail Jimmy Kim, University of Colorado Denver, 1200 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80217, USA
Phone: 303-315-7497

Missouri S&T professor gives keynote speech

Dr. Xiong Zhang, Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at Missouri S&T, was invited to give a keynote speech on “Recent Advances in Measuring Volume Changes of Unsaturated Soil Specimen During Triaxial Testing” at 3rd Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils – Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils, which was held in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 25-28, 2021. The conference dealt with advances in unsaturated soil mechanics and discuss current and future trends in practical applications.

Missouri S&T faculty appointed to TRB committee

Dr. Jenny Liu recently was appointed to be the Committee Communications Coordinator (CCC) for Transportation Research Board (TRB) AKT20 Committee on Pavement Preservation.

TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The TRB CCCs are committee members who maintain their committees’ communication portfolio and interact with other committees about communication tools. Dr Liu is also a member of TRB AKM80 Committee on Mineral Aggregates. She has served other TRB committees including AFK30, AFK50, and AFH50 for years in the past.

CWRU Student Earns Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Xijin Zhang, a Case Western Reserve University Ph.D. candidate advised by Dr. Xiong (Bill) Yu, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020-2021 Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship from the Northeast Ohio WTS Chapter.

The WTS Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship was established in 1981 by WTS International in memory of Helene for her dedicated service and a spirit to engage female transportation engineers. The scholarship is awarded to women pursuing career paths in transportation or a related field.

Xijin’s study is on the development of innovative bio-mediated civil engineering materials. More specifically on incorporating advanced microbial-based materials to improve sustainability and environmentally benign transportation infrastructure.

CWRU Student Receives Outstanding Graduate Student Org Member

CEE Ph.D. student Xudong Fan of Case Western Reserve University was recently awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Organization Member. He is advised by Dr. Xiong (Bill) Yu, TriDurLE site director for CWRU.  Xudong is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the immediate past President of the Civil Engineering Graduate Student Association.  In this capacity, he worked with the CEGSA leadership team to organize a variety of activities to build the bond between its membership and with the Department, which served as the basis for the Department nomination. The award was presented by the School of Graduate Studies as part of the Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards.

Jialuo He, Ph.D., receives the Outstanding Dissertation Award

The WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recently selected Jialuo He as the recipient of John Roberson Outstanding Dissertation Award. The title of his PhD dissertation is, “Development, Characterization and Modeling of Self-Healing Cementitious Materials.” Self-healing technology holds great promise in benefiting the durability and resilience of concrete infrastructure. While various external self-healing systems can improve the post-cracking recovery of mechanical properties of cementitious materials, few studies have explored their implications on concrete durability. Dr. He’s research responds to this critical gap by developing and investigating two external self-healing systems.

Dr. He’s dissertation demonstrates the great potential of self-healing technology in enabling concrete infrastructure with extended service life, which serves the interest of this nation. For instance, his study revealed that the self-healing system consisting of urea-formaldehyde microcapsules (containing calcium nitrite as the healant) and PVA microfibers could effectively reduce about 20-25% of the total shrinkage, 15-20% of the chloride migration coefficient, and 40-65% of the gas permeability of cementitious composite. Such a self-healing concrete could survive over 700 rapid freeze-thaw cycles, whereas the regular concrete counterpart could barely survive 60 cycles.

Jialuo He began his PhD program at Washington State University in August 2015. He has published nine academic papers in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals. In addition to his PhD research, Jialuo completed a two-year project that evaluated the performance of discrete sacrificial anodes in protecting steel rebar in salt-contaminated concrete, for which he was awarded the Simpson Strong-Tie Corrosion Research Scholarship. He also received the Richard Perteet Graduate Fellowship in Civil Engineering in 2017 and 2018. Congratulations Dr. He!

S&T Faculty Appointed to Standing Committee on Pavement Preservation of Transportation Research Board (TRB)

Dr. Jenny Liu recently has been appointed a member of  the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Pavement Preservation — AKT20 from 2021-2024. TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions.  Dr. Liu has been actively involved in TRB activities. Currently she is also a member of TRB AKM80 Committee on Mineral Aggregates. She has served on other TRB committees including AFK30, AFK50, and AFH50 for years in the past.