Zhang Awarded NSF Grant
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Yunfeng Zhang has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The title of the project is "Collaborative Research: Sensor Fusion for Comprehensive Health Monitoring of Complex Infrastructure Systems - An International Testbed Opportunity." The initial amendment date for the project was January 5, 2009.
According to Zhang, "Deterioration of large infrastructure systems is a common, yet complex problem that requires innovative sensor technologies to address. This collaborative research project is focused upon the integration of five emerging sensor technologies that when fused into a structural health monitoring (SHM) system, have the potential to accurately identify structural distress."
Zhang will test his piezoelectric paint sensor as a local passive device to monitor the imminent cracks from fatigue failure in steel bridges and overloading to concrete girder bridge girder on several high bridges in South Korea.
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January 5, 2009