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Long-life Concrete


Professor Florence Sanchez (Civil and Environmental Engineering) is interested in the long-term durability of nano-structured cement-based materials during environmental weathering. Randomly oriented nano/microfiber (steel, carbon, or polymer) reinforced cement-based materials are an important class of composite materials with superior structural and functional properties that can open doors for new applications in civil infrastructure with the possibility of lowering total life cycle costs.

"It is important," Professor Sanchez says, "to gain a better understanding of the long-term durability of these materials under environmental stresses. The goal is to develop a fundamental understanding of the controlling mechanisms of environmental weathering of these materials with an emphasis on how molecular level chemical phenomena at the fiber-cement interface and interfacial zone influence long-term bulk material performance."

Vanderbilt University