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    Bridge deck fatigue study

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    During the school year there are opportunities, for all undergraduate students to conduct research in the laboratory. Undergraduate research for credit is available by taking a three credit independent study course (CEE 4612). Students work with a Graduate student mentor and faculty advisor for one semester and present their results at CEE Day.

    Summer fellowships are offered every summer. Students work on a group research project and are responsible for setting up and performing the tests and synthesizing the results of the experiments. Your responsibilities would be for setting up and performing the test along with the written analysis of the experiment. Students gain exposure to all research conducted in the laboratory and learn how to use the testing equipment. Additionally employment opportunities exist for lab assistants during the academic year. Students interested in participating in undergraduate research should contact the lab director.

    Structural Engineering Research Fellowship Recipients

    2006: Eric Buckley, Meredith Mitchell, Jessica Olownia,
    2007: Matthew Maddalo, James Sweeney, Sean Tully
    2008: Timothy Harrington, Thomas Kulesher, Christopher Rappone

    Rigging for specimen placement

    Research Projects

    Structural Behavior of Rod Web Joists

    This project investigates the flexural behavior of open web steel joists with continuous rod web members. The joists are loaded under a uniform distributed load until failure. Ten different joist designs with three replicate specimens per design being tested. all 16 feet long.
    Sponsor: Commercial Materials Corporation
    Undergraduate Students: Timothy Harrington, Thomas Kulesher, Christopher Rappone

    Concrete Durability Test

    The US infrastructure continues to deteriorate. One of the problems facing our campus is the scaling of concrete walkways. This project aims to quantify the durability behavior of three different concrete mixes subjected to four different de-icing salts. Standard durability tests will be conducted on slab specimens to quantify the impact that concrete strength and de-icing agent type and concentration has on the durability of concrete. Ultimately, this research will provide insight on how to better protect the campus infrastructure.
    Sponsor: Villanova University Facilities Management Office
    Graduate Student: Matthew Costantino
    Undergraduate Students: Christopher Rapone, Michael Salera

    Gypsum and Wood Viscoelastic Polymer Connections

    The objective of this project is to improve the cyclic performance of woodframe structures subjected to seismic load. The study includes the cyclic testing of conventional nailed wood connections and screwed gypsum connections. The performance of these traditional fasteners is compared to VE polymer connections. The experimental data is used in conjunction with finite element models to predict full-scale wall behavior.
    Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Villanova Office of Research and Sponsored Projects
    Graduate Student: Kristin Leese
    Undergraduate Students: Colin Doyle, Sara Patterson

    Continuous Concrete Beams Reinforced with GFRP

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the flexural behavior of continuous GFRP (glass fiber-reinforced polymer) reinforced concrete beams under various loading conditions. The width and propagation of cracks in the concrete will be studied, along with deflections and load capacity in order to develop methods to reasonably predict flexural behavior.
    Sponsor: Villanova University Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Hughes Brothers, Inc.
    Graduate Student: Matthew DeSimone

    Ductile Joist Study

    The goal of this project is to test and evaluate the failure method of joists, provided by CMC Steel. Currently, there are strength requirement for joist design, provided by the Steel Joist Institute (SJI). However, unlike with other materials in structural engineering, there is no current standard for ductility, which leaves the maximum deflections of these joists relatively uncertain. After this phase of the study has been completed, it is the goal of Villanova University and CMC Steel to display the results before SJI, with the anticipation of modifying the current standards for design.
    Sponsor: Commercial Materials Corporation
    Graduate Student: Paul Cianci
    Undergraduate Student: Zachary Els

    Flexural Performance of Composite Concrete Flooring Systems

    Sponsor: Girder-Slab Technologies, LLC
    Graduate Student: Joshua Pudliner
    Undergraduate Student: Spring 2009