Student working on a research project.

Application Of Ductile Concrete To Mitigate Corrosion Of Rebars In Reinforced Concrete

One of the key elements of the strategy for achieving greater than 100-year service life of bridges is to mitigate rebar corrosion in reinforced-concrete (R/C) structural elements. Although the rebar corrosion is itself inevitable, the process can be significantly delayed and its influence on the structural properties can be mitigated by improving the quality of the cover material in R/C structures. This research investigates the feasibility of using an ultra-ductile damage-tolerant concrete, named Engineered Cementitious Composite (ECC) (also called Strain-hardening Cementitious Composites [SHCC]), to mitigate the corrosion-related deterioration of R/C bridge piers exposed to an aggressive chloride-rich environment. Students will learn the special skills needed to process these materials and analytical and experimental tools required to analyze their behavior.

Research Project Information

Student Skill-Set Needed: Sound background in statics and strength of materials, ability to work independently, commitment to work hard in the lab
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Ravi Ranade
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Civil, Structural And Environmental Engineering
Office: 135 Ketter Hall