Bowen Lab Spotlights

Robert Frosch Frosch receives ACI distinguished service award
Prof. Robert Frosch has been recognized by the American Concrete Institute with the ACI Committee 318 Structural Concrete Building Code Distinguished Service Award.
  Virtual environments will help engineering students learn how to inspect bridges
Robert Connor, associate professor of civil engineering, is giving students experience and insight in bridge inspections in part through immersive, interactive virtual environments being created by ITaP's Envision Center. Starting Thursday (Sept. 11), the center will present a series of fall seminars about visualizing, animating or employing virtual reality in research or teaching.
Bowen Laboratory Advisory Council
On November 14, 2014, the Bowen Laboratory Advisory Council met in West Lafayette. The Advisory Council is in its second year and 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.

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