Imagine giving large concrete structures something similar to an ultrasound and getting images so detailed you can see cracks just a tenth of a millimeter long. That level of detail just isn’t possible now. Yet such capability could revolutionize how engineers assess the health of thick reinforced concrete infrastructure like dams and power plants and bridges.
The winning civil and environmental engineering project at this fall 2017 Capstone Design Expo doesn’t sound especially groundbreaking on paper. But in reality, it’s the kind of work that demonstrates the power engineers have to shape — and in this case, protect — communities.
Georgia Tech has been intensifying its smart cities initiative, including membership in the national MetroLab Network and the launch of a new faculty council with members from more than a dozen university units. Tech has long been working in the, but the now the Institute is organizing all the research that’s happening to have a bigger impact.
Natalia Cardelino is stacking up the support for her work this spring. The second-year Ph.D. student has won a Daniel P. Jenny Fellowship from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute for her research looking at the best way to use limestone cement in self-consolidating concrete.
A chunk of concrete dropped off a wall into traffic Jan. 30 in the Yerba Buena Island tunnel that’s part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Now the California Department of Transportation is investigating whether there’s more corrosion in the tunnel that could lead to other problems.