Dr. David Dinehart, Dr. Shawn Gross, and Dr. Joseph Yost, all of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received a $120,000 grant from Girder-Slab Technologies to conduct full-scale and component tests on the Girder-Slab® system, an advanced technology used in multi-story residential structures. This research will lead to innovations that will expand the use of the system beyond its current market. Undergraduate and graduate students will participate in the two-year study.
Girder-Slab Technologies, which received the 2007 Special Achievement Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), developed the system of using precast slabs with an integral steel girder to form a monolithic structural slab assembly. This system allows for more rapid construction and assembly, as well as for variations in floor-to-floor heights. The object of the research will be to further characterize the system's behavior for expanded use of the system in the marketplace.