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Infrastructure Systems


Infrastructure systems research at The Durham School provides real world solutions to making our daily lives safer.
Research Conducted by Durham School Associate Professor, Ece Erdogmus
Associate Professor, Ece Erdogmus

Resilient and Sustainable Engineered Fiber-Reinforced Earthen Masonry (EFREM) for High Wind Regions
This collaborative project between the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL), University of Florida, and University of South Carolina is funded by National Science Foundation. The project focuses on the innovation of a sustainable and resilient masonry construction technique: compressed, cement-stabilized, and fiber-reinforced earth blocks.

The Temple of Antioch Reconstruction Project
Since 2005, Dr. Ece Erdogmus has been the principal investigator for the restoration of a collapsed 3rd century Roman temple, located on the southern coast of Turkey. Under Dr. Erdogmus’ leadership, teams of architectural engineering students have traveled to Turkey to excavate and assess the temple blocks in support of the structure’s future reconstruction.
Research Conducted by Associate Professor, George Morcous
Associate Professor, George Morcous

Self-Consolidating Concrete for Cast-in-Place Bridge Components (NCHRP 18-16)
Self-consolidating concrete (SCC) is a specially proportioned hydraulic cement concrete that enables the fresh concrete to flow easily into the forms and encapsulate the steel reinforcement without segregation and with no need for mechanical vibration as shown below.
Simplified Full Depth Precast Concrete Deck Panel Systems (NCHRP 12-96)
Full-depth precast concrete deck panels have been widely used in accelerated bridge construction (ABC) in various forms and sizes. As a prefabricated component, current panel design has played a major role in meeting the objectives of ABC by expediting construction, improving quality and durability, improving public and worker safety, and reducing road user impact.
Optimizing Concrete Deck Removal in Concrete I-Girder Bridges (MATC)
Current concrete bridge I-girders have unique characteristics compared to the old standard AASHTO I-girders. These girders have wide and thin top flange to improve lateral stability of long span girders during erection, provide adequate platform for workers, shorten deck span, and reduce girder weight.

Implementation of Precast Concrete Deck Panels for Rapid Bridge Construction (NDOR)
Existing precast concrete deck systems are either partial depth or full-depth with open channels/pockets that require cast-in-place concrete and deck overlay.
Implementation of 0.7 in. Diameter Strands in Prestressed Concrete Bridge Girders (NDOR)
For several years, 0.7 in. diameter strands have been used in cable bridges and mining applications in the US, and for post-tensioning tendons in Europe and Japan. The Pacific Street Bridge over I-680 in Omaha, NE, is the first bridge in the world to use 0.7 in. diameter prestressing strands in the precast-pretensioned concrete girders.
Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for Bridge Management (NDOR)
The main objective of this project is to perform LCCA for different maintenance strategies using the developed deterioration models, shown below, and cost data for Nebraska Bridges.
Research Conducted by Associate Professor, Terri Norton
Associate Professor, Terri Norton

Investigation of Closure Pour Elimination for Phased Construction of Steel Girder Bridges
The objective of the proposed project is to develop a construction technique that will eliminate the need for a third phase, closure pour.
Assessment of Debris Management for the USGS Tsunami Scenario
The aim of this project is to review and assess the debris management plan for the USGS Tsunami scenario affecting the west coast of California.

Reconnaissance of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
Dr. Norton participated on the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Reconnaissance Team to Japan (June 18-26, 2011), to study the impact and recovery of the March 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
Dynamic Performance of Wall Panels Composed of Recycled Materials
Understanding the response of civil structures to dynamic forces is important in the fields of structural engineering and structural dynamics.
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