RESEARCH

Research Areas

Environmental Engineering Analysis & Ecosystem Restoration Research Group Research Projects

Geotechnical

Materials Engineering

Structural Engineering Research Projects

Involves work and study in advanced structural analysis, bridge engineering, building design, construction materials, and composite construction materials.

Transportation Engineering Research Projects

Includes transportation systems principles, design and planning, and expert systems.

Environmental Engineering Analysis & Ecosystem Restoration Research Group

Structural Engineering

Involves work and study in advanced structural analysis, bridge engineering, building design, construction materials, and composite construction materials.

Transportation Engineering

Includes transportation systems principles, design and planning, and expert systems.

Constructed Facilities Center

With its establishment in August, 1988, the Constructed Facilities Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, became the home of a unique research and development center. The center is unique for its ability to convert existing technology from a wide variety of sources to technologies having an immediate impact on the nation's constructed facilities. The Center's purpose is to foster and conduct research and development vital to the rehabilitation of our nation's constructed facilities.

Constructed facilities are the backbone of America's commerce and industry and include public buildings, highways and bridges, water and sewage treatment facilities, airports and mass transit systems, among others. According to many experts, our nation's infrastructure is deteriorating at a rate faster than our ability to renovate them. Recent studies indicate that it could cost trillions of dollars to bring all of our constructed facilities to safe and efficient operating levels.

The Center's purpose, then, is to conduct research and development activities in areas that can help reduce or remedy deterioration of our nation's facilities. To achieve the Center's purpose, it conducts an interdisciplinary research and development approach which combines innovative ideas and innovative materials with more conventional concepts and materials. In recent years, examples include:

CFC's ability to adapt rapidly to changing research needs, allows us to study emerging technologies and adapt these technologies to create new products such as fiber composite materials, diagnostic tools, design procedures, or new structural components. A second distinguishing feature is our close-working relationship with the owners of our nation's constructed facilities. Much of our work is conducted in cooperation with chemical, manufacturing and construction industry, highway agencies and other government agencies. Through joint projects and continuing education, the CFC is in frequent contact with practicing engineers.

Contact Info

Hota V.S. GangaRao
Professor
Phone: 304.293.9986
Fax: 304.293.7109
Hota.GangaRao@mail.wvu.edu
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