Durability of glass, carbon, and basalt FRP bars and fabrics for concrete and steel structures.
Development and implementation of hybrid FRP composites for highways and waterway infrastructure.
Application of recycled tire derived geo cylinders (TDGC) for pavement and structural applications.
Thermo-mechanical characterization (bending, tension,
compression, impact, rupture and hardness) at coupon, component and system
levels with static and fatigue loads for “green” construction materials,
conventional materials and recycled thermoplastics for sustainable infrastructure.
Evaluation of thermo-mechanical properties, bond
strength, failure modes and durability of GFRP/ CFRP bars and wraps to provide
sustainable solutions for bridges and highways.
Evaluation and screening of different thermoset resins
for use as matrix material in fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) bars in terms of
strength, stiffness, knock-down factors, and durability under varying pH,
temperature (including freeze-thaw) and sustained stress.
Characterization of aged and non-aged polymeric resins through
differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis
Bending, shear, creep and fatigue behavior of concrete rectangular
and T-beams reinforced with steel and GFRP bars or FRP fabrics under static and
Ductility/deformability indices, knock-down factors of
concrete beams reinforced with steel and rehabilitated with FRP for sustainable
Accelerated and natural aging behavior of FRP bars/wraps
automatic data acquisition of test specimens at nano-, milli- and macro-scales.
Developing, manufacturing (industrial- and small-scale),
and evaluating natural fiber reinforced building wall panels, nanocomposite
reinforcing bars, recycled offset polymer blocks, signboards, signposts,
pavement panels, recycled wood and polymer railroad ties.
Sustainable strengthening/rehabilitation of
infrastructure (concrete beams, columns, bridge piers and wing walls) with FRP
Green composite wall panels and systems with natural
fibers and resins.
Aging and creep behavior of concrete beams strengthened
by FRP fabrics/plates.
Jointed concrete pavement slab construction and rehabilitation with FRP dowels
Bending behavior of steel stringers bonded with CFRP
plates under static and fatigue loads.
Bending behavior of concrete beams reinforced with
bundled steel bars.
Non-destructive evaluation and rehabilitation of corroded
soccer stadium reinforced concrete structure (RC)
Evaluation of prestressed girders cracked during
FE modeling of constructed infrastructure systems for
thermo-mechanical responses: at material, component and system level.
Developing green FRP systems for hydraulic structures to
replace large and heavy steel structures.
Durability of glass, carbon and basalt FRP.
Rehabilitation of concrete, steel and timber members/structures using FRP.
Hybrid FRP composites for highways and waterway infrastructure.
Use of recycled tires for strengthening pavement
base/subbase systems and bridge abutments.
Research-to-Practice (Design, Development, Field Implementation and Monitoring)
Design and implementation of modular and rapidly installable FRP pedestrian bridge deck system for 104 ft. span, Jackson Mill, W.Va. (2016-2018)
Development and installation of lightweight, corrosion
resistant, and paint-free FRP Protection Panels (10ft x 12 ft) for lock and dam
side walls to withstand barge swipe impact forces (Huntington, W.Va., US Army
Corps of Engineers, 2016-17)
Evaluation and analysis of fire affected historic
buildings at Harpers Ferry, W.Va. (Harpers Ferry, W.Va., 2016)
Laboratory and field evaluation of recycled tires for
pavement base/subbase strengthening, various locations in Morgantown, W.Va. (2015-2018)
Development and installation of strong, corrosion
resistant, modular and integrated FRP Wicket Gates (4 ft x 16 ft x 2 ft each
overall) in lieu of timber wicket gates (Upper Mississippi River, Peoria Lock
and Dam, IL, 2015)
Evaluation and field implementation of corrosion
resistant ceramic composite and polymer coating systems for steel hydraulic
gates of dam structures (Mobile District, Alabama, Tainter Gates, 2015)
Rehabilitation of 20 bridge steel piles with FRP: Bridge
Corroded Steel Pile Rehabilitation (East Lynn Bridge with acid mine water
flow, W.Va., 2014)
Underwater (20 ft. submerged) rehabilitation of damaged
concrete discharge ports with FRP (Chickamauga Lock and Dam, TN, 2013)
Development, field implementation and evaluation of
fire-resistant and Green Modular FRP Wall Panel System (10ft x 12 ft), Eastwood
School, Morgantown, W.Va. (2011-2013)
Laboratory testing, field evaluation and/or
rehabilitation of ~80 to 100-year-old masonry and timber school buildings-Gilmer
County, Preston County, and Marion County, WV (Sandfork Middle School, Normantown
High School, Troy Elementary School, Fairmont High School, South Preston
Development, Evaluation and Field Implementation of
Damaged Timber Ties Rehabilitated with Recycled Thermoplastic FRP Shells
(Moorefield, W.Va., 2008-2010)
Field Rehabilitation of Damaged Timber Piles on Dry or
submerged Bridge Trestles using FRP fabrics (about 60 long- and short-piles with
a height of 6 ft to 15 ft. were rehabilitated, South Branch Valley Railroad
Network over several miles, W.Va., 2010-2011)
Development, Evaluation and Field Implementation of
Damaged Timber Ties (8”x10”x10ft) Rehabilitated with thermoset FRP Shells,
Moorefield, W.Va. (TTCI, Pueblo, Colorado, 2010-2012)
Development and implementation of recycled thermoplastic
offset blocks (6” x 8” x 10”) for highway guardrail system (Star-city, Morgantown,
Development, field construction and evaluation of
modular FRP pavement panels with novel anchoring systems for rapid
implementation on two lanes (22 ft x 100 ft), (University High School,
Morgantown, W.Va., 2010-2012)
Development, field construction, and evaluation of FRP
dowels for Jointed Concrete Pavements (24 ft x 150 ft), (Corridor-H, Elkins,
Rehabilitation of Jointed Concrete Pavements (JPCP) with
FRP and steel dowels (14 ft x 24 ft), (Rt. 119, University Avenue, Morgantown,
Design and Rehabilitation of Concrete Abutment Wing Walls and Columns with FRP fabrics (East Street Viaduct, Wood County, W.Va., 2000)
Design and rehabilitation of prestressed concrete girders
with carbon FRP wraps (Muddy Creek Bridge, Preston County, W.Va., 2000).
Design specification development for field construction
of World’s first Concrete Deck with FRP bars only without any steel
(McKinleyville Bridge, Wheeling, W.Va., 1996)
Development of Specification and Guidelines and first text book on FRP use for structural design for use in “strength, durability, cracking, creep, deflection, fatigue-limits” for various structural members with FRP bars, fabrics and shapes (provided to ACI, ASCE, FHWA, FRA and NIST subcommittees, committees and members, journal publications. Specifications used in various field structures, 1995-2018)