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STRUCTURAL PROGNOSIS FOR THE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF NATION’S CULTURAL HERITAGE

Project Director

Sez Atamturktur

Clemson University, Glenn Department of Civil Engineering 110 Lowry Hall, S Palmetto Blvd, Clemson, SC 29634 (864) 656-3003 sez@clemson.edu

Team Members

Civil Engineering

  • Saurabh Prabhu, Ph.D. Candidate

  • Elizabeth Wheeler, Ph.D. Student

  • Greg Roche, Ph.D. Student

  • Xiaoyu Hu, Ph.D. Student

  • Ashley Haydock, M.S. Graduate

  • Tun Li, M.S. Graduate

Computer Science and Engineering

  • Jacob Sorber, Assistant Professor

  • Josiah Hester, Ph.D. Candidate

  • Keerthan Jaic, Ph.D. Student

  • Kyle McGuigan, Undergraduate Student

ABSTRACT

In recent years, a significant amount of research has been directed towards the development of prognostic methodologies to forecast the future health state of an engineering system assisting condition based maintenance. These prognostic methods, having furthered the maintenance practices for mechanical systems, have yet to be applied to historic masonry structures, many of which stand in an aged and degraded state. Implementation of prognostic methodologies to historic masonry structures can advance the planning of successful conservation and restoration efforts, ultimately extending the service life of these heritage structures.

This multi-disciplinary research project, which builds upon the findings of the ongoing NCPTT-funded project on Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) to determine the health of the nation’s historic structures, aims to develop Life-Cycle Assessment charts for Preservation and Rehabilitation (LCA-PR) of historic structures. Quantifiable parameters will be developed through the LCA-PR charts to evaluate not only the structural state of the heritage building, but also the effect of rehabilitation campaigns. Through this project, the PI will bring a novel idea to the preservation and management of historic masonry structures and address the NCPTT’s priority to “develop appropriate technologies to preserve houses of worship.”

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Last updated: July 25, 2022