Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2318 GG Brown2350 Hayward, 2318 GG Brown Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125
Since about 30 years, my main research efforts have focused on the following particular fields of civil engineering: prestressed and partially prestressed concrete, high performance fiber (discontinuous) reinforced cement based composites, ferrocement (continuous reinforcements) and thin laminated cementitious composites, hybrid composites, integration-tailoring of advanced materials in structural applications, material optimization for structural performance, and structural design. In less traditional areas, I have been also working in the special field of external prestressing and fiber reinforced polymeric (FRP) reinforcements and their applications to new construction as well as to repair-rehabilitation-strengthening of existing structures. More recently, I have looked into developing special fibers for use in concrete with the particular characteristic of providing a slip-hardening bond behavior under pull-out for high energy absorption applications; such fibers are key to the practical implementation of high performance fiber reinforced cement composites in structural applications. My research often includes the integration of advanced materials in special structural applications or concepts.