Mission

Across the country, our transportation infrastructure is aging. Designed to last a certain amount of time, our nation’s bridges are reaching the end of their design life. Approximately 56,000 bridges, are considered to be in "poor" condition, on which we daily take 188 million trips. Today, the estimated cost to rehabilitate our deficient bridges is $123 billion – posing a significant burden on taxpayers. Without remediation, bridges that are rated as "poor" are also in danger of collapsing, which may lead to deaths and damage to surrounding property.

Moreover, population in the coastal regions are feeling the wrath of climate change, which has led to an increase in hurricanes, flooding, and sea level rise. The climate change also causes higher rates of degradation in residential and commercial buildings, and transportation infrastructures which makes them highly vulnerable to collapse under natural hazards.

The main goal of our research is to develop and integrate advanced materials in bridges, residential, and commercial buildings, to make them more durable and resilient when faced with today’s natural hazards. The use of appropriate materials to repair existing structures and to construct new structures can reduce maintenance efforts and slow down structural deterioration, ultimately improving structural performance, and reducing overall lifecycle costs.

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News

September 25, 2019

NCHRP Project

Tatar Research Group was awarded a grant by The National Cooperative Highway Research Program to synthesize the current body of knowledge and best practices on "Load Rating of Bridges and Culverts with Missing or Incomplete As-Built Information". Profs. Shenton and Tatar serve as PIs. 

September 03, 2019

Paper Published in TRB Journal

Our collaborative paper, "High-Performance Impact-Resistant Concrete Mixture for Transportation Infrastructure Applications" was published in Transportation Research Record!

August 13, 2019

Paper Published in Construction and Building Materials

Our paper, "Hygrothermal conditioning of wet-layup CFRP-concrete adhesive joints modified with silane coupling agent and core-shell rubber nanoparticles" was published in Construction and Building Materials!

May 07, 2019

Paper Published in Composites Part B

Our paper, "A Multiscale Micromechanical Model of Adhesive Interphase between Cement Paste and Epoxy Supported by Nanomechanical Evidence" was published in Composites Part B!

May 05, 2019

UDaily Article

An article covering our reconnaissance work in Alaska was published in UDaily.

April 16, 2019

UDRF Grant

Tatar Research Group was awarded a grant by the University of Delaware Research Foundation for their project on "Smart Polymer Sealant for Resilient Energy-Efficient Buildings". Prof. Tatar serves as the PI.

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