Nov 30, 2021
Civil Engineering Associate Professor Mohamed Moustafa presented his research program at the eighth annual Arab-American Frontiers Symposium. Designed to bring together scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and 22 countries in the Arab League, symposium participants shared their research in five sessions: Advanced Materials; e-Health; Water, Food, Environment; Cybersecurity; Emerging Technologies and Society. Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) is a process whereby the various parts of a bridge are built off-site, transported on-site, and assembled rapidly. This process is different from a more traditional method that would see the parts built on-site. Because bridges are built largely with concrete, after construction in the traditional method, the parts of the bridge would have to cure, lengthening the construction process and disruption to the natural flow of traffic in the affected area. In applying this principle to nuclear power plants, Moustafa believes his team can help advance the development of “small modular reactors” (SMRs).