IBE and structural engineering faculty member talks advanced concrete

Assistant professor Ravi Ranade and PhD students Alok Deshpande, Hamidreza Fakhri, Ketan Ragalwar and Dhanedra Kumar pose in front of equipment in the structures lab

From left to right: Alok Deshpande, Hamidreza Fakhri, assistant professor Ravi Ranade, Ketan Ragalwar and Dhanedra Kumar

Published March 28, 2018

A Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering assistant professor and Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE) faculty member spoke at the Engineer’s week (E-week) conference for professional engineers in Western New York.

Ravi Ranade’s discussion with the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSPPE) Erie-Niagara Chapter E-Week awards banquet last month centered around advanced concrete materials. He discussed the variety of advanced concrete materials already available, and where innovations in the field are heading: self-healing, self-sensing and 3D printing of advanced concrete materials.

These materials, similar to what Ranade is producing at UB are currently utilized in a variety of structural applications. One of Ranade’s students recently received a grant to support his research on strain-hardening cementitious composites on concrete filled steel tubes, typically used in bridges. Other types of concrete materials Ranade works with are used in durable bridge deck joints and piers, bridge deck connections for accelerated bridge construction; and in penetration-resistant walls for protecting soldiers and military equipment on the battlefield.

Ranade and his students conduct research on understanding the micromechanics of fiber/matrix interactions in high-performance concretes, and they are developing a systematic method for designing ultra-high-performance concretes, which will be capable of superb seismic and multi-hazard resiliency.


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