Goal of IST

The general goal of the IST Group is to contribute to the science and engineering knowledge base for the advancement of understanding, assessment, and effective renewal of civil infrastructure systems. Achievement of this goal is envisioned through fundamental and applied research, and education at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.

Research Experience for Undergraduate Students in Infrastructure Engineering.

Rationale

Civil infrastructures, estimated at US$20 trillion in the United States alone, constitute one of the largest in the world. We have entered the new century with numerous aging highways, bridges, and buildings, whose deterioration is caused by prolonged usage and exposure to severe mechanical and environmental effects. In many developing countries, rapid growth of infrastructure construction is underway and will continue well into the century. Therefore, better technology must be advanced in order to strive for maximum economy, safety, durability, energy efficiency, and minimum hazards to the environment. This can be achieved by new discoveries and approaches that involve cross-disciplinary efforts and developments.

Approach

The IST Group aims at the development of new scientific and engineering knowledge in the following key areas:

  • Deterioration science examines conditions and processes by which materials and structures breakdown overtime. Our understanding needs to be improved as a basis for designing, building, and maintaining structures that are durable, safe, and environmentally sound.
  • Assessment technologies allow us to assess the existing mechanical condition of materials and structures. Research in this area is needed to develop effective nondestructive evaluation techniques and improved sensor technologies.
  • Renewal engineering aims at the extension of the life of physical infrastructure systems and components, and at the enhancement of load capacities of these systems to meet the increased demands imposed on them. We focus our research in this aspect on developing and implementing effective repair and strengthening methods using high performance advanced composite materials.