• Numerical modeling of unsaturated flow

    Assessing Moisture Movement in Cracked Concrete


  • Advanced EIT-Based Sensing Skin

    - Large-area EIT-based sensing skin applied to Concrete Beam to moniter damage evolution during loading


  • Wireless Sensing Skins

    - Wireless Crack Detection in Concrete Elements using Conductive Surface Sensors and Radio Frequency Indtification Technology


  • Frequency selective circuit (FSC)

    - Frequency selective circuit (FSC) used for monitoring the conductive thin film sensors


  • Health monitoring of buried concrete pipelines

    - Health monitoring of buried concrete pipelines using conductive surfaces at the NEES facility at Cornell


  • Assessment of damage

    - Assessment of damage in buried segmental concrete pipeline subjected to ground rupture NEES facility at Cornell


  • Novel EIT-Based Sensing Skin

    - Advanced Computational Methods are Developed for Damage Detection using Sensing Skins


  • Acoustic Emission

    - The use of Acoustic Emission for damage detection in Concrete Materials and Structures




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Welcome to the Materials and Sensor Development Laboratory (MSDL)! MSDL is a part of Constructed Facilities Laboratory (CFL) at North Carolina State University. Our laboratory is dedicated to developing new materials and composites as well as advanced sensors and sensing technologies. We perform research in a wide range of topics including:

• Development of low-carbon footprint cementitious materials

• Distress factors affecting the reinforced concrete structures such as Alkali
Silica Reaction (ASR), freeze-thaw, acid attack, and corrosion of steel in

• Durability of reinforced concrete structures with an emphasis on understanding the role of damage and cracks on service life of the concrete infrastructure

• Modelling deterioration mechanisms of cementitious materials

• Experimental and numerical investigation of corrosion of steel and concrete

• Developing novel corrosion resistance materials and coatings

• Durability of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) materials

• Developing advanced large-area sensors such as sensing skins

• Development of advanced imaging techniques such as Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT), Multi-frequency EIT (MFEIT), and wave propagation based methods for imaging

• Developing advanced nondestructive test methods using Inverse Problems

• Developing mechanistic test methods for characterizing basic materials

• Development and application of meta-materials for Civil Infrastructure.

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Contact Information

Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
Mann Hall 431C, Box 7908, Raleigh, NC 27695-7908
Tel: (919) 515-2235
Email : mpourgh@ncsu.edu