Our Mission is to establish partnerships with industry, federal agencies, and national laboratories to develop the scientific knowledge and technological know-how for the sustainable engineering of geological and infrastructure materials. Our vision is to lead the technical community to future engineering practices that advance the development of natural energy resources and the growth of the built environment in a way that is economically viable, environmentally safe, and benefits the society on the whole.
Crack Opening during Buckling of Plates
Making reinforced concrete beams for the self-healing project.
EXPERIMENTS AND LDPM SIMULATION
Behavior of Ultra-High-Performance-Concrete Cor-Tuf
Mechanical Tests on Shale Specimens
LDPM Simulation using Coarse Graining
LDPM Simulation of Cor-Tuf Projectile Penetration
Microplane Constitutive Modeling of Carbon-Polymer Laminates and Prediction of Car Crashworthiness (Mr. Kedar Kirane, Ms. Shiva Esna Ashari, Mr. Roozbeh Rezakhani, Dr. Marco Salviato) (PI: Prof Zdenek Bazant and Prof. Gianluca Cusatis)
LDPM Simulation of Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR) Deterioration of Concrete
Prediction of Localized Compaction Band Formation in Carbonate Rocks under Oedometric Condition
Simulation of Reinforced Concrete Beams
Comminution of Solids due to Kinetic Energy of High-Rate Shear
Experimental Setup to Measure Internal Relative Humidity and Temperature in Self-Healing Concrete
Preparing samples for tension fber pull-out test on high performance concrete
Feasibility of Sulfur Concrete for Martian Constructions
Fracture and Size Effect on Strength of Plain Concrete Disks under Biaxial Flexure
Development of Physically-Based, Spatially Distributed Models for Rainfall-Induced Landslides
EXPERIMENTS AND SIMULATION
Unsaturated Breakage Mechanics
NUMERICAL AND ANALYTICAL METHOD
Stability of Multiphase Porous Media at Various Levels of Fluid Saturation
Mechanical Characterization of Shale Behavior
Profs. Bazant and Cusatis are developing microplane and lattice-particle models for the mechanical behavior of tight shales with the objective of developing computational tools for the predictive simulation of hydraulic fracturing in unconventional gas reservoir.
Alkali-Silica Reaction Damage of Concrete
Profs. Bazant, Cusatis, and Qu are making breakthrough progress towards the NDE assessment and multiscale modeling of concrete aging and degradation due to Alkali-Silica reaction.
Failure of Geotechnical and Geophysical Systems subjected to environmental deterioration
Prof. Buscarnera is formulating analytical and computational methods to capture inelastic deformations in multi-phase geomaterials interacting with the environment.
Nanomodification of Cementitious Systems
Profs. Corr and Shah are discovering innovative ways to improve concrete performance through the use of nano-scaled materials. The incorporation of nanoparticles enhance packing density and improve early age properties while also seeding the pozzolanic reaction to increase the rates of strength gain.