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Doing Business As Name:West Virginia University Research Corporation
  • Hota V GangaRao
  • (304) 293-9986
  • Mark Skidmore
  • Rakesh K Gupta
  • Ruifeng Liang
Award Date:12/17/2019
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 250,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 50,000
  • FY 2020=$50,000
Start Date:12/15/2019
End Date:11/30/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Phase III IUCRC at West Virginia University: Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI)
Federal Award ID Number:1916677
DUNS ID:191510239
Program:IUCRC-Indust-Univ Coop Res Ctr
Program Officer:
  • Gregory Reed
  • (703) 292-2003

Awardee Location

Street:P.O. Box 6845
Awardee Cong. District:01

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:WVU Constructed Facilities Center
Street:395 Evansdale Drive, PO Box 6103
Cong. District:01

Abstract at Time of Award

The Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI) is a NSF I/UCRC that utilizes the expertise of West Virginia University, North Carolina State University, the University of Miami, and Texas A & M University/University of Texas at Arlington with an objective of accelerating the adoption of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites and geosynthetics into infrastructure applications by utilizing industry wide cooperation. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives U.S. infrastructure a grade of D+, with a 10 year funding gap of $1.44 trillion, leading to losses of $3.9 trillion to the U.S. GDP and 2.5 million fewer jobs. FRP composites and geosythentics are gaining acceptance for infrastructure due to their corrosion resistance, ease of installation, and proof-of-concept from field demonstrations in service for up to four decades. The biggest advantage to composite materials is durability, as they do not corrode or rot allowing for an extended service life thus extending taxpayer dollars. With the support of NSF, CICI currently consists of a consortium of four universities and 31 industry members, bringing together faculty, students, practitioners, manufacturers, trade organizations and government agencies to overcome the obstacles to widespread deployment of composites, forging lasting partnerships, and educating students, engineers and contractors. CICI focuses on four research thrusts. First, research on material development, manufacturing, and characterization allows for the development of new composite materials and recycling of discarded polymer composites with a clear understanding of the physico-chemical and mechanical properties. Second, the durability and aging of composites is evaluated under accelerated aging and by examining existing structures to ensure that composites can have long service lives under harsh environmental conditions. Third, design, implementation and evaluation of composites in new construction and rehabilitation of existing structures.. Fourth, CICI contributes to the development of standards, specifications, and guide documents required for the deployment of new technologies into commercial practice. West Virginia University conducts research including characterization of pultruded composites resulting in design guides; collaborative efforts on the evaluation of existing field applications; and, rehabilitation of bridges the WV Department of Highways and US Army Corps of Engineers at a fraction of the cost of traditional repair. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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