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The Center for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI) is a multi-university National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) established in July, 2009 to conduct research that would stimulate applications and cost effective rehabilitation schemes using composites in civil and military structures.

CICI originates from a merger of the efforts of four universities: West Virginia University (WVU), the lead institution, Rutgers University (Rutgers), University of Miami (Miami), and North Carolina State University (NCState). This academic partnership aims at complementing each other's expertise in conventional and advanced polymer composite materials and systems, and further enhancing the research capabilities of the Center while attaining broader support from industry members.

CICI provides an opportunity to explore high-risk, high impact research that could lead to technological innovations that could not be explored by each university individually. The role of cooperative research continues to be crucial in identifying and shedding light on existing gaps, in developing new solutions, and in guiding promising technologies towards full exploitation on the basis of scientific and technical rigor.

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Miami and its partner NCState have completed the sunsetting a former I/UCRC titled Repair of Bridges and Buildings with Composites (RB²C) after ten years of successful operations. RB²C started in 1998 at the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T), and was transferred in 2006 to Miami. In 2002, RB²C became a multi-university center when NCState joined. RB²C has worked with several industry members, often in partnership with public agencies, on a wide range of research, development and technology transfer projects.

The results of research conducted under the aegis of RB²C have led to the development and validation of successful advanced composite materials and systems for the construction industry. A significant body of knowledge has been gained, disseminated, and accepted.

If you are interested in our activities and want to know more, or simply want to share some comments, do not hesitate to contact us!

In the Spotlight

PhD Candidates win NSF travel support for CMMICG Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Rossella Ferraro, Alexander Suma and Francisco Decaso received support from the National Science Foundation to attend the ”2009 NSF CMMI Engineering Research and Innovation Conference” in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 19th 2009. The NSF support included hotel accommodation and conference fees. The ad hoc committee received over 700 support submissions worldwide, and only 200 were granted. Rossella Ferraro presented her findings of her research ”Off-
White Concrete”, Alexander Suma presented his invention of a Wind Energy System ”Towards Innovative, Integrated Designs for Wind Energy”, and Francisco Decaso presented his progress on his investigation on basal fibers for concrete confinement application. The picture shows our grantees together with Dr. Dennis Wenger (Director NSF CIS and IMEE).


PhD Candidates receive awards at 2009 ACMA conference.
On January 15, 2009, three CAE PhD candidates received recognition as they presented their RB²C research projects at the ”Infrastructure and Construction” track at the Composites & Polycon 2009 conference in Tampa, FL. The venue was organized by the American Composites Manufacturers Association, the world’s largest trade organization serving the composites industry. Antonio De Luca presented the paper ”Behavior of Full-Scale Concrete Columns Internally Reinforced with Glass FRP Bars
Under Pure Axial Load”, for which he received the Best Technical Paper Award for the track ”Infrastructure and Construction”. Both Rossella Ferraro (”Peel-and-Stick FRP System for Concrete Confinement”) and Francisco De Caso y Basalo (”Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Matrix Composites for Infrastructure Rehabilitation”) received the Author Travel Award. Congratulations!


RB²C researchers study bridge prognostics technology on Grove Isle Bridge in Miami
Through a grant funded by the National Science Foundation, CAE PhD students Rossella Ferraro and Alexander Suma with Professors Matta, Metrovich and Nanni, are working with the University of Cincinnati NSF I/UCRC for Intelligent Maintenance Systemsto study innovative structural health prognostic and monitoring technologies for bridges. Pre- and post-rehabilitation load tests will be conducted on the Grove Isle Bridge, which connects Grove Isle (Miami, FL) to the mainland,
and has a history of structural degradation due to corrosion of the steel reinforcement because of exposure to the marine environment. Acoustic emission is the primary technique implemented to obtain quantitative information on damage, to be used as the input for a novel prognostics software that utilizes advanced statistical and probabilistic-based algorithms.

CICI Miami :.: MEB-325 McArthur Engineering Building :.: 1251 Memorial Drive :.: Coral Gables :.: FL 33146
Phone 305-284-3391 :.: Fax 305-284-3492 :.: Email