Structural News

Indesructible bridges could be a reality

A new generation of indestructible bridges could be possible, thanks to research from the University of Warwick. Emeritus Professor Wanda Lewis in the School of Engineering has taken a design process called “form-finding,” inspired by the natural world, to another level.

NIST leads federal effort to save lives and property from windstorms

Congress recently designated the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to be the lead agency for the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), giving it the primary responsibility for planning and coordinating the collaboration of federal agencies charged with achieving “major measurable reductions in the losses of life and property from windstorms.”

Build with Strength: Fire safety must come first in Seattle construction

Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), placed extra emphasis on the importance of utilizing durable and resilient construction materials in the Seattle market. The highlight comes as part of an increased effort to inform the design-build and construction communities about the advantages of concrete construction in the low- to mid-rise residential sector.

The City Above the City – new international design competition

The City Above the City international wood design competition, a continuation of Metsä Wood’s project Plan B, started in 2015 to explore the possibilities of using wood in urban construction, invites architects and students from all over the world to solve the challenges of urbanization in both sustainable and humane ways.

Engineers document new structural health monitoring technique

Several years ago, Erik Thostenson and Thomas Schumacher, both affiliated faculty members in the University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials, began to explore the use of carbon nanotube composites as a kind of “smart skin” for structures. Now, they have improved on this approach with the addition of another technique called electrical impedance tomography (EIT).

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