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UB Leads Shake Test on 10-Story Reinforced Concrete Structure in Utica, N.Y. to Study Behavior of Old Concrete Structures Under Lateral Loads
Shown above is the exterior the 10-story reinforced concrete building in Utica, N.Y., used in the shake test.
A research team led by Andreas Stavridis, professor in UB’s Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, recently subjected an existing 10-story concrete warehouse in Utica, N.Y., to a series of shake tests in order to study the behavior of archaic concrete structures under lateral loads. The research team was able to induce gradual damage to the infill walls of the building, which simulated the damage buildings may experience due to extreme events such as earthquakes.
The tests, which took place in January and February 2014, were part of a study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the NSF George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). Read more
MCEER Investigator Uses Electricity to Detect Corrosion in Steel Cables
UB engineers believe they can detect corrosion in bridges by sending a jolt of electricity between opposite ends of steel cables.
Salvatore Salamone, MCEER investigator and professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, is leading a research project aimed at developing an improved method for monitoring corrosion damage in the steel cables of post-tensioned concrete structures.
The new method uses embedded piezoelectric transducers, which are devices that convert a signal from one form of energy to another, to generate and receive Guided Ultrasonic Waves (GUW) through a steel tendon. A reduction in the strength of the charge, according to researchers in UB’s Smart Structures Research Laboratory, is a sign that the steel is suffering from corrosion and the structure is in danger of failing. Read more
$3.7 Million Institute of Bridge Engineering Launched at UB
A new bridge engineering institute has been established through the University at Buffalo's "E-Fund" initiative, which supports programs that will have a high impact both inside and outside the university. The Institute for Bridge Engineering will examine ways to build safer, more cost-effective bridges using advanced materials, smart technology and other devices, as well as training the next generation of bridge engineers.
“Many of our nation’s bridges and related highway infrastructure are deteriorating and in need of expensive and time-consuming repairs,” said Liesl Folks, PhD, dean of UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “The Institute of Bridge Engineering will help reverse that trend by conducting innovative research in structures, geotechnics and materials..." Read more