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

Project Title

Comparing the Performances of Different Wicking Fibers for Water Removal for Transportation Applications


Xiong Zhang, PI

Xinhua Liang, Co-PI

Project Description

The goal of the proposed research is to better understand the working mechanism of different wicking fibers by quantifying and comparing their water-removing ability. About 12 wicking fibers with different wicking fibers will be evaluated through the scanning electron microscope
(SEM), capillary rise, zero gradient flow, permeability, and small -scale laboratory model tests. Numerical simulation will be performed to better understand the working mechanism of the wicking fibers. All the test results will be combined and analyzed using machine learning
techniques to generate a model to correlate the water removal ability of the wicking fibers and different influence factors. The ultimate goal is to provide guideline for producing the next generation of wicking geotextile with higher water removal efficiency.

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Xiong Zhang, PI
Professor in Geotechnical Engineering
Dept. of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Missouri University of Science & Technology

Xinhua Liang, Co-PI
Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering
Dept. of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Missouri University of Science & Technology