Research Projects

PROJECT SUMMARY: The University of Kansas has long been involved in research in the field of bond, development, and anchorage of reinforcement to with projects covering the effects of construction procedures, member geometry, coatings, reinforcement geometry, bar stresses, concrete strength, aggregate properties, cyclic loading, and anchorage method (hooks and headed bars)

PROJECT SUMMARY: Pooled Fund Study for the Construction of Crack-Free Concrete Bridge Decks.

PROJECT SUMMARY: Pooled Fund Study for the Construction of Crack-Free Concrete Bridge Decks.

PROJECT SUMMARY: This NEESR payload project is to accurately model and control plastic hinging locations in concrete bridge structures through an investigation of actual hinging behavior in large-scale testing of 4-span bridge systems subjected to multiple excitations that includes the effects of joint and foundation flexibility at the NEES site at the University of Nevada Reno (NSF Award #0420347).

PROJECT SUMMARY: Accelerated testing for concrete reinforcing bar corrosion protection systems.

PROJECT SUMMARY: Questions have arisen in practice about how concrete systems (pavements and bridge decks) gain strength over time, and the relationship between in-field concrete conditions and those derived from cylinder tests.

PROJECT SUMMARY: Excessive settlement of embankments constructed of compacted fill has been a recurring problem and may be increasing in frequency.

PROJECT SUMMARY: A major factor in pavement performance is the quality of the subgrade soil. Clay soils in particular can present great problems in pavement design due to uncertainty associated with their performance.

PROJECT SUMMARY: Structural supports for signs, luminaires, and traffic signals and other highway steel structures are generally galvanized to prevent corrosion and provide a long service life.

PROJECT SUMMARY: Investigate the effect of amount and spacing of headed reinforcement on the shear capacity of slabs.

PROJECT SUMMARY: This proposal describes the field implementation and evaluation phase of an effort to enable the application of crack reduction technologies on the widest possible scale.

PROJECT SUMMARY: The main objective of this proposed research is to provide state DOTs a practical and cost-effective long-term fatigue crack monitoring methodology using a wireless elastomeric skin sensor network. This research is intended to demonstrate the value-added of fatigue crack monitoring of steel bridges using wireless skin sensors over the traditional bridge inspection.

PROJECT SUMMARY: The focus of this research is the development of stiffness-based and strength-based rules for encouraging a structural mechanism to define the maximum deformed shape of reinforced concrete buildings subjected to earthquakes.


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