Materials and Structures Laboratory

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    The Materials and Structures Laboratory (MatSLab) is a research center focused on improving the knowledge base of
    materials and structures in the built environment and reengineering them for the future. The laboratory consists of
    experimental and computational facilities capable of evaluating the performance of existing and emerging construction
    materials and structures from the nanometer to the meter scale. Recent research has focused on the behavior of
    sustainable materials, such as recycled concrete aggregates (RCA), and resilient and damage-tolerant materials, such as
    high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (HPFRC). Recent laboratory upgrades allow for testing, characterization and
    modeling of other sustainable and resilient materials and structures. RCA materials are being used in pavement design,
    such as for the Illinois Tollway, to increase sustainability and reduce cost; HPFRCs are being deployed in bridge structures,
    such as the Pulaski Skyway Project, to decrease construction time, and in earthquake-resistant buildings, such as the
    Lincoln Square Expansion in Bellevue, Washington, to increase ductility and damage tolerance. Recent research at the
    MatSLab has been funded by the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University
    Transportation Center, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the American Concrete Institute.


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