Multidisciplinary researchers tackle civil infrastructure issues from the state to global level in the Center for Infrastructure Renewal.
Prestressed concrete bridge research is helping to further the potential for precast, prestressed concrete bridge systems, which allow bridge components to be fabricated off-site and then constructed on-site. This ensures that the bridges are not only built more quickly, but with greater efficiency and higher quality. The method is also cost-effective for taxpayers.
A new initiative in this project is to study passengers’ emotions while in the vehicle, a project Dr. Srikanth Saripalli is working on with Dr. James E. Hubbard Jr. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The goal is to monitor a passenger’s stress levels by reading brainwaves and determining how best to communicate in order to help them feel more at ease.
The Center for Infrastructure Renewal is a one-of-a-kind, 138,000-square-foot multidisciplinary research and training center designed to bring together researchers from universities, government and the private sector to tackle infrastructure problems and accelerate knowledge into practice.
Information gathered during hurricanes by the Texas COAstal Storm Rapid Response team, composed of researchers from Texas A&M University at College Station and Galveston, and Rice University, could help ensure better predictions of hurricanes’ impact and potential damage.