Sustainable Infrastructure Materials

Faculty Member: Dr. Zack Grasley

Research in sustainable infrastructure materials incorporates the following aspects:

  • Quantification of durability through novel experimental techniques
  • Modeling of environmentally-induced deformation in cementitious materials
  • Development of novel cementitious materials using nanometric modifiers and inclusions
  • Coupling of thermodynamics, mechanics, and chemistry to uncover mechanisms linking environment, reactions, and deformation of reacting media
  • Development of high-damping materials for more resilient infrastructure
  • Computational materials science applications to material sustainability and behavior
Carbon nanofibers bridging cracks in portland cement paste
Carbon nanofibers bridging cracks in portland cement paste
Atomic force microscopy image of calcium silicate hydrate phase of portland cement paste
Atomic force microscopy image of calcium silicate hydrate phase of portland cement paste
Computational analysis of geometry dependent clustering of nanometer inclusions
Computational analysis of geometry dependent clustering of nanometer inclusions
Dynamic pressurization apparatus for measurement of radial permeability based on poromechanical principals
Dynamic pressurization apparatus for measurement of radial permeability based on poromechanical principals