Civil Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 1 Final


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Civil Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 1 Final

  1. 1. I N N O VAT I O N N E W S F R O M C I V I L E N G I N E E R I N G VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 SPRING 2010 RELEVANCE AND ENGAGEMENT Engineering plays a significant includes appli- INSIDE THIS ISSUE: role in our society meeting the cation-based FACULTY 2 critical challenges of our times. lectures and STUDENTS 2 Here at the College of Engineering practical labo- PROJECTS 3 and Computer Science at the ratory experi- CAPABILITIES 4 University of Tennessee Chatta- ence. TESTING 4 nooga the belief that being rele- A state of vant, engaging industry and the art Applied agency partners, and using what Infrastructure we produce innovatively is the Materials THE STRATEGY: reason we teach and a goal of our Laboratory is being built here to research. engineers, faculty and industry assist with educational projects. • Promote and enhance leaders who are charged with interactions with the We feel that relevance - how Applied research utilizing con- the specific oversight of the local construction indus- pertinent, connected and applica- crete and asphalt is currently newly established Applied Infra- try as faculty and stu- ble our research and education being performed in the lab. Brent dents work on real-life structure Materials Laboratory is to the surrounding commu- Rollins, Lab Director, and Dr. infrastructure projects mentioned above. The mem- nity—is a critical factor in our stra- Joseph Owino, Department Head proposed by industry and bers of this board are ap- tegic plan for the college and the consider this important to the agencies. pointed by the Dean of the Col- university. overall benefit of all partners, lege. Board members are • Promote and enhance including our students. Our Civil Engineering faculty asked to provide counsel to the interdisciplinary applied and staff include innovators who The Civil Engineering Depart- Civil Engineering program in research and develop- ment that transfers are pioneers in their fields as well ment has two advisory boards. areas that promote and facili- technologies to industry. as educators. For example, Dr. The first board is a committee tate the prestige of our applied Mbakisya Onyango provides ex- made up of professional engi- research, identify possible re- • Achieve and maintain a pertise in pavement design and neers, business leaders, aca- search funding and to enhance certified infrastructure analysis with strengths in asphalt demic and higher education collaboration with industry. materials laboratory to serve our students, in- materials testing. Joining the leaders as well as a dustry, and agencies. staff this year is Brent Rollins. current student repre- Rollins comes to UTC from the sentative. This board • Develop and grow an concrete industry and has a provides valuable feed- engineering workforce strong interest in maximizing back regarding our focused on the applica- recycled materials in concrete. academic program tion of modern infra- structure methods and through review of cur- Taking our research to new materials. riculum and strategic levels in our effort to support plans, oversight of local companies and govern- budget and personnel ments on real projects is para- hires. mount to our mission. To this end the Civil Engineering curriculum The second board consists of Stress Release Asphaltic Binder Course
  2. 2. INNOVATION Page 2 FACULTY The College is committed needs. She is currently work- tation. to excellence in graduate and ing with the use of recycled Brent Rollins is the newest undergraduate education as asphalt and warm mix as- addition to the department well as relevant applied re- phalt in asphalt pavement. and is our Applied Infrastruc- search. The faculty and staff She has also used Superpave ture Materials lab director. of the Department of Civil mix design method as well as Mr. Rollins has expertise in Engineering bring years of Marshall Mix design for as- Homeland Security and experience toward accom- phalt mix design and quality comes to UTC with 20 years plishing this goal. control. Dr. Onyango is also experience with Ready Mix become familiar with the new Dr. Joseph Owino is the USA. He is currently focusing Mechanistic Empirical Pave- department head and comes on three areas of research ment Design Guide Software. to Civil Engineering with re- and applied technologies: 1) search interests in structural Dr. Ignatius Fomunung Blast protection for buildings health monitoring and non- comes to UTC from the Geor- and infrastructure, 2) Cement destructive evaluation of civil gia Institute of Technology. optimization and 3) A sustain- engineering materials and Dr. Fomunung conducts re- able concrete product. design of pavement struc- search and has published “As our global Mr. Rollins states that his tures. extensively in the fields of competition goal for the lab is to serve as transportation-energy-air Dr. Mbaki Onyango is a a resource for students, in- makes quality analysis and model- graduate of Kansas State dustry and government. commodities ing, transportation planning University. Dr. Onyango’s and land use development, scarcer, strengths lie with asphalt and in infrastructure systems materials testing. Onyango is engineers will be (including pavements) de- ready to work with industry to challenged to find sign, monitoring, and rehabili- better meet their research new solutions” John G. Voeller STUDENTS (Black & Veatch) One of the main strategic endeavor. All four students neering full time. goals of the College is to de- have UTC graduate assistant- Mr. Hageman was ex- velop and grow an engineer- ships and work with Dr. tremely instrumental in ing workforce focused on the Fomunung as their faculty 2007-2008 in working with application of modern infra- advisor and coordinator. all parties to put structure methods and mate- These students physically run together the rials. In accomplishing this tests in the lab as well as Civil Engineer- mission our dynamic faculty assist faculty in their many ing Applied work with graduate and un- duties. Infrastructure dergraduate students as Andy Burran is a graduate Materials lab. they, together, tackle real from UTC in Civil Engineering. world projects that benefit Aaron Reid is a graduate of the Civil Engineering commu- Tennessee Tech. Adam Yaba nity. is from Liberia and is spon- Four graduate students sored by USAID. Eric Hage- are active with faculty in this man works for Clinard Engi-
  3. 3. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 SPRING 2010 Page 3 REAL WORLD: CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING In April 2008, UTC engineer- aggregate sources, reducing strength, ing students, under Dr. the overall cost. durability Fomunung’s guidance, worked and shrink- Currently Brent Rollins is with the City of Chattanooga age with the working with the City of Chat- Department of Public Works possibility of tanooga to evaluate roller and the local construction in- using them compacted concrete pave- dustry to resurface E. 5th in every day ment on Hudson and Termi- Street with a modified Nova- concrete nal roads. They are perform- chip microsurface. applications ing a condition survey which Novachip technology’s involves testing the pave- Another coarse aggregate matrix allows ment. project go- the surface to dispose of water ing on in the lab is testing New and innovative quickly, reducing roadway splitting tensile strengths of ways of doing things are al- spray and providing greater roller compacted concrete ways going on around the visibility in wet weather. The pavement at the interstate College and the Applied Infra- application process for the connector at Enterprise structure Materials lab is no With a “far- material is also quicker, mean- South Industrial Park. Inno- different. Recently Mr. Rollins reaching portfolio” ing less traffic disruption. vative chemicals are being has been involved with set- used in the concrete and Mr. of research and The material is often too ting up experiments for an Rollins and his students are service, smart expensive for municipalities to industry stakeholder to utilize testing them for strength and companies use, but UTC students worked recycled materials in con- viability. with the City and industry to crete production and test are moving beyond modify the material using local them for compressive the basics, looking towards what CENTER FOR ENERGY, TRANSPORTATION AND positively impacts ENVIRONMENT the environment, economy and Chattanooga gained fame the technical skills and appli- public safety of as a transportation hub during cation knowledge at UTC the golden age of railroads. through partnerships such as our local Now, UTC students and faculty the Chattanooga Area Re- communities . members are bringing recogni- gional Transportation Author- tion to the campus for their ity (CARTA), the Electric research in alternative trans- Power Board (EPB), and the portation and fuels. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The Center for Energy, Trans- portation and the Environment Dr. Fomunung is currently (CETE) leads the campus ef- a Co-PI on several grants at forts in alternative transporta- CETE engaging in research on tion and fuel research. Center clean alternative energy researchers strive to develop sources such as hydrogen and deploy technologies that fuel cells, new charging sys- utilize clean and secure energy tems, etc., for the automobile sources. The center leverages industry.
  4. 4. NEEDS OF APPLIED INFRASTRUCTURE MATERIALS LAB We’re on the web The following are items that are still necessary for advanced research to be completed in the new lab. Any tax deductible gifts would be appreci- ated (including equipment gifts). Falling weight deflectometer (for evaluation of pavements) Instron (for ASTM C 1609 testing – Evaluation of flexural perform- ance of fiber reinforced concrete) Superpave Simple Performance Tester COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Asphalt double saw AND COMPUTER SCIENCE Asphalt core 4” and 6” diameters Phone: 423-425-2256 Fax: 423-425-5311 Rapid freeze-thaw durability equipment University of Tennessee Chattanooga E-mail: A solar spectrum reflectometer (for testing LEED requirements on 615 McCallie Ave. solar reflectivity of concrete) Dept. 2452 EMCS 450 Rapid chloride permeability equipment (for testing concrete’s Chattanooga, TN 37403 permeability and resistance to rebar corrosion) Phone: 423-425-2256 Environmental chamber (used in shrinkage testing of PCC) Fax: 423-425-5311 Concrete table saw for core trimming E-mail: Concrete maturity meter and probes Abrasion wheel machine for measuring abrasion resistance of concrete Equipment for measuring static Young’s modulus of concrete TESTING AVAILABLE Isothermal calorimetry equipment for measuring hydration kinet- ics of hydraulic cementitious mixtures Aggregates Portland Cement Concrete Windsor probe machine for testing penetration resistance of con- Fine & coarse aggregate Fresh concrete and grout crete sieve analysis testing (slump, air content, Scaled stereomicroscope for measuring crack widths, transverse unit weight, temperature, air voids of concrete Fine & coarse aggregates time of flow) specific gravity Hamburg wheel tester Clay lumps & friable parti- Compressive strength Dynamic shear rheometer and bending beam rheometer for cles Flexural strength binder tests Abrasion resistance with Splitting tensile strength Construction and acquisition of accelerated pavement testing Los Angeles machine facility Accelerated curing Bulk density & voids Plastic shrinkage cracking   Asphaltic Concrete resistance If you are interested in making a financial gift or a gift‐in‐kind,  Marshall mix design Bleeding of concrete please contact:  Marshal stability and flow Water retention by liquid   membrane-forming curing Superpave mix design Christa J. Mannarino  compounds Maximum specific gravity Director of Development for Major Gifts   Abrasion resistance of (Rice test) pervious concrete Office of Development  Bulk specific gravity (Offenburg method) Asphalt content & loss on Phone: (423) 425‐4728  Impact Echo ignition Christa‐