Overview of the proposed research.
PI: Xingwei Wang
Co-PI: Tzuyang Yu
Institution: University of Massachusetts Lowell
PI Email: Xingwei_wang@uml.eduPI Phone: 978-934-1981
The problem we are trying to solve is how to monitor the aging bridges. The problem is important because managing aging civil infrastructure is a major challenge facing every country in the world, including the U.S. Deterioration and premature failures of civil infrastructure have a critical impact on the U.S. economy, impacting business productivity, gross domestic product (GDP), employment, personal income, and international competitiveness. It is estimated by the ASCE that the U.S. economy is expected to lose almost $4 trillion in GDP, resulting in a loss of 2.5 million jobs in 2025 if the infrastructure investment gap is not addressed (ASCE 2016).
The objective of this project is to develop and manufacture sensing textiles for monitoring of civil infrastructure systems such as highway bridges.
Professor Xingwei Wang, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering