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  1. Collaborative Research: Modeling the Efficacy of Inventory for Extreme Event Preparedness Decision Making in Interdependent Systems

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Kash Barker

    Preparedness decision making requires concerted efforts from myriad sector-specific agencies and critical service providers. Notably for extreme events, formulation of effective strategies for...

  2. Thermal and Mechanical Responses of Historic Hakka Tulou Rammed Earth Structures: Lessons to Be Learned for a Sustainable Future

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Ruifeng Liang

    Hakka Tulousare rammed earth structures that have survived the material aging and natural weathering for over 1000 years. Through material and structural testing and evaluation, this study has...

  3. Injection Molding of Ceramic Suspension Gels at Room Temperature for Production of Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Valerie Lynn Wiesner

    Injection molding a ceramic suspension gel (CeraSGel) at room temperature is proposed to develop a novel, low-cost and energy efficient processing method capable of forming ceramic parts with...

  4. Assessment of Punching Shear Vulnerability of Slab-Column Connections with Shear Stud Reinforcement

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Alex DaCosta, Eric Michael Matzke, Gustavo Parra-Montesinos, Carol Shield

  5. Crowd Fluid Dynamics under Stress of Emergency Egress

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Peter B Luh

    In building emergency evacuation, crowd behaviors critically affect egress efficiency and safety.  Although several behavioral features (e.g., disorder and blocking) have been identified in...


    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Marwan Simaan

  7. Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (NSEC) - Award #0749028 (CMMI)

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): John Rogers

    In the 21st century, discoveries and inventions at the nanoscale have the potential of profound and enduring changes on the most basic of human needs: health and well-being, security and...

  8. Transient Dynamics of Torsional Vibration Absorbers

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Brendan Vidmar

  9. Collaborative Research: Investigating Bacteria-Surface Interactions by Surface Engineering and Mathematical Modeling

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Dacheng Ren

      Biofilms are surface-attached highly hydrated structures comprised of a polysaccharide matrix secreted by the bound microbial cells. It is well documented that biofilm cells are up to...

  10. Dynamic Response of Rigid, Foamed Biocomposites

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Wonsuk Kim

    A new class of biocomposites possessing unique energy dissipation characteristics have been identified by the team. These composites have been formulated by combining advantageous features of...

  11. Treatment of Greywater with Biofilters Packed with Shredded-tires and Membrane Bioreactors

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Meng Hu

    With the increasing urgent water crisis, water reuse has been receiving more attention. Among several processes that can be used for greywater treatment, membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology...

  12. Developments toward a Performance-Based Methodology for Design and Assessment of Buildings Subjected to Snow Loads

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Abbie Liel

    The authors have developed a framework for performance-based design and assessment of buildings subjected to snow loads. This paper describes how probabilistic assessments of structural...

  13. RAPID: Recovery Process and Progress Following the 2009 L’Aquila Earthquake

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Abbie Liel

    On April 6th 2009, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake devastated L’Aquila, Italy and the surrounding region. This study examines processes of recovery and reconstruction in L’Aquila over the...

  14. Finite Element Approach for Interaction of Highly Nonlinear Acoustic Waves with Linear Elastic Media

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Devvrath Khatri

      In this work, we developed a threedimensional finite element model (FEM) to study the interaction of highly nonlinear acoustic wave with adjacent linear elastic media. We compare...

  15. Sarcomere Length Fluctuations and Flow in Living Cells

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Tanmay P. Lele

    Tensile force within non-muscle tissue cells is generated in actomyosin stress fibers, which are composed of contractile units called sarcomeres. The number of sarcomeres and sarcomere lengths...

  16. A Model for Fluctuating Torque on the Nucleus

    12 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Tanmay P. Lele

    In living cells, a fluctuating torque is exerted on the nuclear surface but the origin of the torque is unclear. In this study, we found that the nuclear rotation angle is directionally persistent...

  17. Continuous‐Scan Laser Vibrometry with Unmeasured Input Forces and Application to a 20kW Wind Turbine

    10 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Matt Allen

    Dynamic measurements are difficult on wind turbines for various reasons including the expense required to access the locations of interest, secure contact sensors, cabling, etc…  The...

  18. Developing a “Living Laboratory” for Examining Community Recovery and Resilience After Disaster

    10 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Shannon Smith Van Zandt

    Researchers from the Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center (HRRC) at Texas A&M University have created a living laboratory for community resilience in Galveston, Texas, allowing them to...

  19. Novel Extended Finite Element Formulations for Cracks in General Nonlinear Materials and Extraction of Crack Tip Strain Energy Release Rates

    10 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Xia Liu, Haim Waisman

    To understand the failure mechanism of polyurea-coated metallic structural systems subjected to blast loads. A novel method to extract the Strain Energy Release Rates and a crack tip enrichment...

  20. Determination of Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering Parameters Using Paleoseismic Techniques

    10 Jan 2011 | Poster | Contributor(s): Kathryn Anne Gunberg, Russell Green

    The main objective of this project is to develop a procedure for determining a magnitude-recurrence relationship for regions of low to moderate seismicity wherein uncertainty is...