Department of Mathematics Colloquium

University of Idaho

Fall 2012

Thursday,  October 4, 3:30-4:20 pm, room TLC 040

Refreshments in Brink 305 at 3:00 pm

Advanced Material for Sustainable Infrastructure and
Green Buildings 


An Chen

Department of Civil Engineering

University of Idaho


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.