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Sustainable Infrastructure Material Design

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Traditionally, the foremost concern among transportation engineers has been the safety and reliability of major infrastructure components. Until recently, sustainability has not been included in most infrastructure systems on any level. However, the engineering community, along with society as a whole, is realizing the importance of sustainability-oriented infrastructure systems. Yet incorporating these concepts into the design procedure as a primary goal remains unclear to many engineers. This research seeks to provide a platform for future sustainable engineering of civil infrastructure systems linking the micron-length scale of material microstructural tailoring to the meter-length scale of structural design. In the present study, a high performance fiber reinforced cementitious composite called ECC is evaluated, tailored for “greener” performance, and applied to an infrastructure application for increased sustainability.

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Urban Systems and Built Environment
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Conference Proceeding
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Lepech, Michael D., Victor C. Li and Gregory A. Keoleian. 2005. Sustainable Infrastructure Material Design. Proceedings of the International Workshop on Life-Cycle Cost Analysis and Design of Civil Infrastructure Systems. Cocoa Beach, Florida (May 8-11, 2005): 83-90.