From left: Erik Thostenson, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Thomas Schumacher, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering; and Jennifer McConnell, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, together near the construction of the new Academy Street Dining and Residence Hall (ASDR) for a UDaily article on monitoring the health of steel-framed buildings.

Steel is the most recycled material in the world. But there are questions as to whether structural steel can be safely reused in buildings and, if so, under what conditions.

A multidisciplinary team involving Jennifer McConnell and Thomas Schumacher in Civil Engineering and Erik Thostenson in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science have been awarded a three-year $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to lay the foundation for a new paradigm to reuse structural steel members in contrast to recycling them.

In this project, the Multifunctional Composites Lab will investigate the use of smart sensing skins for monitoring construction-induced stresses in buildings. (read more)