Stronger, Faster, More Reliable

College of Engineering | June 30, 2015 


Stronger, faster, more reliable — those are the three key words used in a grant proposal to the Department of Energy (DOE) for the development of advanced reinforced concrete technologies to accelerate construction schedules, reduce costs and build safer nuclear power plants. The project, presented by Yahya Kurama, professor and associate chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, and Ashley Thrall, the Myron and Rosemary Noble Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering, is now being funded by the DOE as part of the Advanced Methods for Manufacturing program. Kurama and Thrall will be collaborating with Scott Sanborn, senior member of the technical staff of the Structural & Thermal Analysis Department at Sandia National Laboratories and Matthew Van Liew, structural engineer at AECOM.

Approximately twenty percent of the electricity production in the United States comes from nuclear power plants, produced by 100 operating units. A significant design challenge for creating new reinforced concrete nuclear power plant structures is reducing their construction costs and time while improving safety. The funded Notre Dame project, which is affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy), is entitled “Prefabricated High-Strength Rebar Systems with High-Performance Concrete for Accelerated Construction of Nuclear Concrete Structures” and will address this challenge. - See more at:

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