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PSU Professor Receives Prestressed Concrete Institute Research Fellowship
Author: Office of University Communications
Posted: December 28, 2006

Franz RadFranz Rad, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University has been selected by the Prestressed Concrete Institute (Chicago) as a Research Fellow for the 2006–2007 academic year.

Franz Rad’s research will deal with the behavior of connections made of reinforcement cast in grouted conduits subjected to static and cyclic loading. Experimental tests will be conducted at Portland State’s STAR Lab by Rad and team members including Pat Hynes, Prestressed Concrete Group, Morse Bros., PSU graduate student Mike Pyszka and other practicing engineers.

“We have a challenging issue with connecting precast wall panels to foundations in earthquake prone regions,” said Pat Hynes, director of Engineering, Prestressed Concrete Group. “The anchorage of reinforcement to the foundation when the walls are subjected to earthquake forces is not an easy task. PSU’s research will investigate ways to make this connection with reliability and economy. This project is a good example of technology transfer and cooperation between the construction industry, practicing engineers, and the campus.”

The award includes a twenty thousand dollar grant to support the research project and students. Fellowships by the Prestressed Concrete Institute are awarded on a competitive basis to a few researchers based on the merits of their proposals.

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