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Seminar: Dr. Qian Zhang

Design of Advanced Cementitious Composites for Civil Engineering Applications

Date: Time: 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Scott Engineering Center Link Room: N105 / PKI 350
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Spray-applied fire-resistive material (SFRM) is the most commonly used passive fire protection for steel buildings in U.S., however its performance is often called into questions due to their unsatisfactory mechanical performance. The inherent brittleness, low strength and poor bond with steel lead to delamination and partial loss of SFRM even under service loads. This can be further exaggerated under multi-hazards, such as post-earthquake and post-impact fires, greatly endangering the fire safety of steel structures. To address this critical issue, adopting emerging material design technology, a new ductile cementitious SFRM was designed, which possesses greatly enhanced mechanical properties while preserves the essential functionality as a SFRM. This offers a unique solution to enhance the fire safety of steel buildings, especially under multi-hazards. The presentation will also highlight other current research of Dr. Zhang’s group on design and integration of innovative materials to enhance the performance of civil engineering infrastructures.

Dr. Qian Zhang is currently an Assistant Professor at Department of Civil Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She received her BS degree in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University, China in 2009. She later earned both her MS and PhD degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2010 and 2015, respectively. Dr. Zhang’s research interest is primarily in design and integration of high performance and advanced cementitious composites for sustainable and resilient infrastructures.

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