Kimberly Kurtis surveys innovations in cement-based materials and efforts to improve the sustainability of concrete in a new article published in a December 2015 special issue of MRS Bulletin. The issue celebrates 40 years of the journal from the Materials Research Society. Editors invited Kurtis’ to explore recent developments in the design of concrete as part of the issue’s focus on the interplay between materials and engineering and how that relationship is driving innovations in materials.
The board of editors of the journal Materials and Structures has picked an article by Ph.D. student Gun Kim as one of its outstanding papers of 2015. The research, which demonstrated a new noninvasive way to measure the carbonation of concrete, will now be available online for free as a result. In a letter to one of Kim’s advisers, Laurence Jacobs, Jason Weiss from Materials and Structures said only 10 papers earn the distinction each year.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Iris Tien $499,920 for a three-year project that will develop new computer models of infrastructure systems and the connections between them. The idea is to create a model that can be used for any infrastructure system — water, power, transportation, or communications, for example — and takes into account each component of the system as well as how the system interacts with other infrastructure.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo have developed a new “zippered tube” configuration that makes paper structures stiff enough to hold weight yet able to fold flat for easy shipping and storage. Their method could be applied to other thin materials, such as plastic or metal, to transform structures ranging from furniture and buildings to microscopic robots.
Ahead of a Washington D.C. roundtable August 5 on disaster preparedness, Reginald DesRoches and Wayne Clough talked to the Georgia Tech News Center about the challenges for many of the country's communities. The conversation comes just a few weeks before the 10-year anniversary of the hurricane that devastated New Orleans and ravaged the Gulf Coast.
In a story July 24 about advances in concrete technology, the Christian Science Monitor talked to the School's Kim Kurtis about her work with titanium dioxide in the ubiquitous material used for roads, bridges and buildings.
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral student Bradley Dolphyn is working to figure out just what happened to the massive concrete containment building at the Crystal River 3 nuclear power plant in Florida. Cracks in the building ultimately led its owner, Duke Energy, to shut down the facility.
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering associate professor David Scott spent two Fridays this month taking groups of elementary teachers through the School’s Structural Engineering and Materials Lab and showing them how math and science play an important role in the world.