Department of Mathematics Colloquium
|Sustainability includes three major
components: economical, environmental, and social. They are typically
interpreted as energy efficient, environmental friendly, and social
beneficial. In recent years, significant efforts have been devoted to
energy efficient and sustainable developments from governments and
agencies all around the world. Among others, the most noteworthy and
systematic effort is from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). This
organization developed a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED®) Green Building Rating System™,
to measure the buildings’ sustainability and performance. This system
is now being adopted worldwide. Numerous buildings have been evaluated
and certified at different levels including Platinum, Gold, Silver, or
Certified. One example is that the US General Services Administration
(GSA) has upgraded requirements in all new federal building
construction and renovation to a minimum of
LEED® Gold certification. Recently, the
US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) selected CH2M Hill to lead a
team to develop tools, procedures, and techniques that can be
incorporated into a standard practice to make highway more sustainable.
It is expected that a similar rating system will be developed and
implemented for highway systems soon. This "green" movement offers
tremendous opportunities for both research and industrial communities.
This presentation will be focused on an overview of my research, based on a combination of experimental investigation and analytical/numerical analysis, on advanced materials for sustainable structural engineering, which can be categorized into two areas: (1) sustainable infrastructure, with the emphasis on developing a sustainable rehabilitation system for deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges; and fast-construction bridges with prefabricated Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) decks; and (2) green buildings, including energy efficient structures and sustainable materials.