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Project Summary

This Partnership for Innovation Project at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) has two primary objectives.  The first objective is to develop novel precast concrete bridge elements to resist loads such as earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. without being damaged.  The second objective is to develop connection and column products that can be disassembled and recycled.  These objectives are essential elements of a new paradigm, “Highway for Life (HFL),” that has been coined by the Federal Highway Administration, for the US highway industry aimed at advancing long lasting highways through innovation.  In the proposed study, novel materials with demonstrated potential through past studies by the PI and four knowledge-enhancement partner (KEP) small businesses will be adopted.  Several modular elements will be developed consisting of Nickel-Titanium shape memory alloys, built-in elastomeric pads, engineered cementitious composites, and fiber-reinforced polymer structural members.  Large-scale structural models will be built and tested to evaluate the performance under large deformations and identify measures to improve and refine the connections.  The proposed research will be collaborative through extensive exchange of ideas, information, and knowledge using regularly scheduled face-to-face or cyber-assisted meetings between the principal investigator and KEP members.  The existing mechanisms at UNR Technology Transfer Office to protect intellectual properties of PIs and the small business partners will be used to facilitate the project.    A project advisory board consisting of representatives from state and federal highway agencies will review the proposed designs and provide feedback to maximize the probability of acceptance of the connections in bridge construction.