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Reserch highlights:

1) Condition assesment and health monitoring of highway infrastructure, and

2) Evaluation of vehicle safety and durability through advanced simulations

Non-contact bridge deflection/translation measurement using a Laser Tracker

(WMU Team Participation at the Federal Highway Technology Demonstration Project, New Jersey)

WMU Reserchers and Graduate Students at a Bridge Site in Holand, MI

(Dr. Attanayake as a co-principal investigator of a MDOT funded project coordinated the entire opertion bringing WMU researchers and graduate students together to demonstrate capabilites of non-contact and wireless technologies for bridge evaluations. Dr. Aktan is the Principal Investigator. MDOT Kalamazoo TSC Maintenance Supervisor, Mark Georgopulos and Fennville garage staff led by Fredrick (Rick) Weaver helped with traffic control and bridge loading operations.)

Remote Monitoring of Fatigue-sensitive Details on Bridges

Acoustic emission was selected as a candidate inspection technology and a monitoring system was installed on a bridge.  During this study, cluster analysis and non-linear mapping signal analysis techniques were used to group AE data with similar waveform characteristics.  The presence of signals that resemble the characteristics of crack opening signals, noises, and structural resonance was identified through waveform analysis.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

      Accelerated bridge construction and demolition (ABCD),

      Prefabricated bridge elements and systems (PBES),

      Condition assessment and health monitoring of structures,

      Nondestructive testing,

      Vehicle-structure interaction on bridges and pavements,

      Concrete durability, and

      Fatigue analysis and monitoring.

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS

PI

Project:  Reflective Cracking between Precast Prestressed Box Girders (August 1, 2013 – January 31, 2016)

Funded by the Wisconsin Highway Research Program, Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Project:  Remote Monitoring of Fatigue Sensitive Details on Bridges (October 1, 2012 – March 31, 2015)

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation

Project:  Evaluation of Fresh and Hardened Properties of Mortar with Waste Powder Paint (September 2012 - December 2012)

Funded by the Green Manufacturing Initiative at the Western Michigan University

Project:  Controlling Leaching in Masonry Blocks using Waste Powder Paint (September 2012 - December 2012)

Funded by the Green Manufacturing Initiative at the Western Michigan University

Project:  Noncontact Technologies for Condition Assessment of Highway Bridges (July 2011- December 2012)

Funded by the Western Michigan University

Co-PI

Project:  Research on Evaluation and Standardization of Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Techniques (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2015)

PI: Dr. Haluk Aktan

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation

Project:  Rapid Bridge Construction, Demolition, and Joint Durability (October 1, 2010 – December 31, 2013)

PI: Dr. Haluk Aktan

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation

Project:  Development and Validation of a Sensor-Based Health Monitoring Model for the Parkview Bridge Deck (February 1, 2010 – January 31, 2012)

PI: Dr. Osama Abudayyeh

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation

Project:  High skew link slab bridge system with deck sliding over backwall or backwall sliding over abutments (September 2008 – September 2011)

PI: Dr. Haluk Aktan

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation

Project:  Heavy Truck Rollover Characterization - Phase C (November 2009 – July 2010)

PI: Dr. Mitch Keil

Funded by the National Transportation Research Center, Inc. (NTRCI)

Project:  Heavy Truck Rollover Characterization - Phase B (January 2009 – September 2009)

PI: Dr. Mitch Keil

Funded by the National Transportation Research Center, Inc. (NTRCI)

Senior Personal

Project:  Dual-Use Ground Vehicle Reliability Prediction and Optimization, Tank Elastomer Pads Fatigue, and Vehicle Occupant Shock Wave Impact Load Prediction (September 2008 – April 2010)         

PI: Dr. William Liou

Funded by Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center

Project:  Health Monitoring and Evaluation of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Technique at Parkview Bridge in Kalamazoo, Michigan (September 2008 – January 2010)

PI: Dr. Osama Abudayyeh

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation

Project: Simulation-Based Heavy-Duty Truck Structural Reliability Analysis, Track Pin Bushing Fatigue, and HMMWV Underbody Scanning                                                                                                 

PI: Dr. William Liou

Funded by Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center

Research Associate

Project: Condition assessment and methods of abatement of prestressed concrete box-beam deterioration - Phase II

PI: Dr. Haluk Aktan

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation 

Project: Combining Link-Slab, Deck Sliding over Back-Wall and Revising Bearings

PI: Dr. Haluk Aktan

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation 

Graduate Research Assistant

Project: Condition assessment and methods of abatement of prestressed concrete box-beam deterioration - Phase I

PI: Dr. Haluk Aktan

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation 

Project: Causes and cures for cracking of concrete barriers                                                                            

PI: Dr. Haluk Aktan

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation 

Project: Investigate causes and develop methods to minimize early-age deck cracking on Michigan bridge decks

PI: Dr. Haluk Aktan

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation 

Project: Criteria and benefits of penetrating sealants for bridge decks                                                         

PI: Dr. Haluk Aktan

Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation 

 

 

Last Updated: January 04, 2015