Purdue Civil Engineering


Book Chapter on Formation Factor

April 1, 2016

The book chapter titled "Asseessing a Concrete’s Resistance to Chloride Ion Ingress Using the Formation Factor” that appears in Corrosion of Steel in Concrete Structures provides an overview of the formation factor and how this microstructural parameter can be used to specify and assess the durability of concrete materials.

The book was edited by Dr. Amir Poursaee, and is available from Woodhead Publishing / Elsevier here.

New Paper on Formation Factor and Effects of Conditioning

March 23, 2016

A paper recently published in Advances in Civil Engineering Materials details how different conditioning processes influence electrical measurements, but when accounting for differences such as temperature, maturity, degree of saturation, and pore solution concentration, each different conditioning method provides a consistent formation factor.

The paper is available from ASTM International here.

Visiting Scholar at Oregon State University

January 4, 2016

Beginning in January, I joined the Infrastructure Materials Group as a visiting scholar. I plan on finishing my PhD as a visiting scholar here, while transitioning into new projects.

More info about the School of Civil and Construction Engineering can be found here.

Site Visit to Ohio River Bridges Project

September 30, 2015

The Joint Transportation Research Program and the Indiana DOT organized a site-visit to the Ohio River Bridges project. This is $2.3 billion project that will increase the mobility between southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky. The opportunity to visit this historic project was much appreciated, and it was a great experience to see civil engineering in action!

Pankow Laboratory Participates in First Annual CE Open House

September 18, 2015

Members of the Pankow Laboratory participated in the first annual CE Open house that took play on September 18, 2015. This was an opportunity for the entire Lyle's School of Civil Engineering to showcase the breadth of their programs. The program began with a kick-off with Professor Emeritus Harr sharing with us the story of his career.

Presentation at National Concrete Consortium

September 15, 2015

Robert presented an update to the sample exchange that is taking place as part of the NCC's Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM). The data is being analyzed as a collaborative effort between Purdue and Oregon State University, and it is hopeful a report will be completed in 2016.

Robert and Nate featured for their work with Big Brothers Big Sisters

April 14, 2015

Robert and Nate, a MSCE student in Dr. Weiss' research group, were recently featured by the Purdue Exponent for their work with the Greater Lafayette Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. BBBS is an organization that pairs mentors with children in the Lafayette community. Robert has been paired with his little brother for more than three years, and they enjoy playing soccer, visiting the Columbian Park Zoo, and singing Mariachi songs.

The story can be found at the Purdue Exponent, and more info about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lafayette from here.