School of Civil and Construction Engineering: Infrastructure Renewal

School of Civil and Construction Engineering: Infrastructure Renewal


We typically build and design our structures
for 50 years. But our structures now are being asked to
perform way beyond those 50 years. Concrete is the most used building material
on the entire planet. We can’t ignore that that is really in great
need of maintenance. The only thing we consume in higher quantity
is water. We have twice as much concrete as all other
building materials combined and if you just look at the infrastructure around us there’s
gonna be a great need for repair, for maintenance, for rehabilitation. One of the things that we also talk about
in the green building materials class is do you have something in mind for that concrete
at the end of it’s lifespan? Can we crush it? Can we remove the reinforcing steel and can
we use that crushed concrete as aggregate and new concrete? The most costly deterioration mechanism of
our infrastructure is corrosion. But beyond that, when a bridge fails you also
lose the transportation over that bridge. So the goods, services, people cannot move
across. So this is a very expensive and pervasive
problem. In cross laminated timber, it’s a great time
to be working on the topic. It’s also a great place here at OSU to be
working on that topic. We need high end and large facilities to apply
large forces. Having access to a large scale testing facility
is very rare. Being able to also do the simulations here
and having access to finite element programs and computing software here at OSU is pretty
special and pretty remarkable. What really drives a lot of the work that
I do is being able to create an impact. And impact is mainly with people. Especially in engineering sometimes it’s hard
to see that impact. Doing earthquake reconnaissance made me see,
this is why I need to design better buildings. People are actually living in these buildings,
they’re working in these buildings, they’re being cared for in these buildings. It’s really great to know that what we’re
doing here is really high impact and that this will go somewhere, not just say, in a
paper or a journal or whatever. It’s actually going into specifications and
government agencies using it, it’s very fulfilling.

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