Bowen Lab Spotlights

Bowen Laboratory Advisory Council
On November 8, the Bowen Laboratory Advisory Council held its inaugural meeting. The Advisory Council is comprised of industry leaders, tasked with providing advice to the Bowen Lab Director on goals and policies, building partnerships with industry, and facilitating opportunities for students to interact with members of industry.
Bowen Laboratory Bowen Laboratory 10-Year Celebration
A celebratory gathering was held to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research on Saturday, Nov. 9th.
BSAC Field Trip - Buzzi Unicem BSAC Field Trip - Buzzi Unicem
A group of civil engineering students toured the Buzzi Unicem cement manufacturing plant in Greencastle, IN on August 7, 2013. The tour included a walk-through of the facility with stops at the rotary kilns, slurry basins, crushing/grinding mills, and the top of the main tower which provided a view of the entire plant and safe observation of quarry blast operations.
Simulations aiding study of earthquake dampers for structures Simulations aiding study of earthquake dampers for structures
Researchers have demonstrated the reliability and efficiency of "real-time hybrid simulation" for testing a type of powerful damping system that might be installed in buildings and bridges to reduce structural damage and injuries during earthquakes.
Study: Online tools accelerating earthquake-engineering progress Study: Online tools accelerating earthquake-engineering progress
A new study has found that online tools, access to experimental data and other services provided through "cyberinfrastructure" are helping to accelerate progress in earthquake engineering and science.
Prof. Robert Connor with students Engineering for Safety
Purdue engineering faculty have a long history of researching infrastructure in the U.S. and around the world. Featured here are CE associate professors Robert Connor and Amit Varma, and their work on assessing structural safety and developing innovative solutions.
New 'core wall' may speed skyscraper construction
Researchers are perfecting a new technique that could speed construction of skyscrapers while also providing enough stiffness and strength to withstand earthquakes and forces from high winds.
Bridge destruction to reveal clues about fracture-critical spans Bridge destruction to reveal clues about 'fracture-critical' spans
Prof. Robert Connor is taking advantage of the demolition of a bridge spanning the Ohio River to learn more about how bridges collapse in efforts to reduce the annual cost of inspecting large spans.
Prof. Rob Connor Bowen Laboratory Featured on Discovery Channel
View a video clip of the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet series spotlighting the large-scale research being done at the Bowen Laboratory.
Engineers test effects of fire on steel structures
Researchers at Purdue University are studying the effects of fire on steel structures, such as buildings and bridges, using a one-of-a-kind heating system and a specialized laboratory for testing large beams and other components.

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