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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.
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.
Prof. Pujol in Haiti System would help Haiti build, modify earthquake-prone structures
Civil engineers studying the effects of Haiti's devastating earthquake have concluded that a relatively simple system could be used by officials to quickly decide how to modify existing buildings and construct new ones that would better withstand future quakes.
Purdue working with NIST to improve building safety
Civil engineers at Purdue University are helping the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology keep buildings safe from natural and human-caused disasters.
CE Professor tests reactor shields for safety
Prof. Amit Varma is leading a team of researchers working with Westinghouse Electric Co. to ensure that a new design for nuclear power plants will stand up to strong earthquakes.
County bridge first of its kind in Indiana
A new bridge with a deck made of fiber-reinforced polymer composite material is being constructed in Tippecanoe County. The project is part of a federal initiative that encourages the use of materials that speed construction and reduce the life-cycle cost of bridges, and has been tested extensively at the Bowen Laboratory.
Designing for Resilience in Seismic Hot Zones
A recent NY Times article on minimizing the effects of seismic activity on building stability, featuring contributions from Professors Sozen & Pujol.
Prof. Rob Connor investigates Minnesota bridge collapse
Twelve days after the I-35W collapse, Prof. Connor was on site and part of an investigating team comprising the state's Department of Transportation (DoT).
Professor Julio A. Ramirez Professor Julio A. Ramirez to lead Purdue's team in NSF NEES grand challenge project
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $3.6 million NEES Grand Challenge grant to ten multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research teams for a five-year study to mitigate collapse risk of older nonductile concrete buildings during earthquakes. The Purdue University team led by co-PI Professor Julio Ramirez, will study shear and axial failures of older-type reinforced concrete columns, as well as simple retrofitting techniques for delaying axial failure in poorly reinforced columns.
Santiago Pujol loads simulator Scientists & engineers simulate jet colliding with World Trade Center
Kettelhut Distinguished Professor of Structural Engineering, Mete Sozen, along with other Purdue researchers have created a simulation that uses scientific principles to study in detail what likely happened when a commercial airliner crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001.

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