CFC Mission Statement
Constructed facilities are the backbone of
America's commerce and industry and include public buildings, highways and
bridges, water and sewage treatment facilities, airports and mass transit
systems, among others. According to many experts, our nation's infrastructure is
deteriorating at a rate faster than our ability to renovate them. Recent studies
indicate that it could cost trillions of dollars to bring all of our constructed
facilities to safe and efficient operating levels.
The Center's purpose, then, is to conduct research and development activities in areas that can help reduce or remedy deterioration of our nation's facilities. To achieve the Center's purpose, it conducts an interdisciplinary research and development approach, which combines innovative ideas and innovative materials with more conventional concepts and materials. In recent years, examples include:
Development of composite and hybrid material components and systems for bridges and buildings
Construction of a reinforced plastic building
Promotion of activities in the field of emerging materials in civil engineering
Preparation of design manuals for modern timber bridges
Development of nondestructive evaluation techniques and tools.
CFC's ability to adapt rapidly to changing
research needs, allows us to study emerging technologies and adapt these
technologies to create new products such as fiber composite materials,
diagnostic tools, design procedures, or new structural components. A second
distinguishing feature is our close-working relationship with the owners of our
nation's constructed facilities. Much of our work is conducted in cooperation
with chemical, manufacturing and construction industry, highway agencies and
other government agencies. Through joint projects and continuing education, the
CFC is in frequent contact with practicing engineers.