Grant: $315,000 - National Science Foundation - Jul. 8, 2009
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Award Description: Collaborative Research thru NSF I/UCRC Full Grant: Center for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (NSF award number 0933537). The primary objective of the new NSF I/UCRC, entitled ?Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI)? is to usher applications and cost effective rehabilitation schemes using composites in civil and military structures to the next level through integral efforts between WVU, RU, NCSU and UM in collaboration with composites and construction industries. The focus areas will synergize different fibers and polymers, including natural and bioconstituent materials to create new application areas and rehab techniques; thus expanding market potential.
Project Description: During this quarter, work consisted primarily of: 1) planning for the First Industrial Advisory Board Meeting to be held on November 12-13, 2009 at West Virginia University; 2) continuing efforts to recruit new industry members; 3) starting research on innovative material systems for structural strengthening. During the IAB meeting, the industrial partners will choose the research projects for each of the universities for the first year of center operation. Around 100 people are expected at the IAB meeting, therefore the effort is focused on preparations for the meeting, including the presentation of research projects seeking funding. Efforts are also ongoing to recruit additional industry partners and working on organizing the center among the four participating universities. Research has also started on sustainable material systems for structural strengthening and on innovative testing methodologies to characterize relevant mechanical properties of material systems used for structural strengthening, with the involvement of one PhD student and one undergraduate research assistant.
Jobs Summary: Jobs created: two part-time undergraduate researcher (0.4 FTE) to assist in Center's research aimed at developing novel and sustainable materials and systems for new construction and structural rehabilitation of constructed facilities. Jobs retained: one PhD student (0.4 FTE) to conduct research on novel and sustainable materials and systems for structural rehabilitation of constructed facilities, and on innovative testing methodologies to characterize structural strengthening material systems. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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