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Contact:   Dr. John Gross

The Robert D. Stout Welding and Joining Laboratory is equipped to produce test weldments by the shielded-metal-arc, gas-metal-arc, gas-tungsten-arc, and submerged-arc processes under accurately controlled parameters of voltage, current, and travel speed. In addition, the Laboratory has facilities for preparing specimens by sawing and flame-cutting and by heating and quenching for various tests that include slow-notch-bend, hardenability, fracture-toughness, weld-restraint-cracking, implant, tension, and creep-rupture testing.

Recent Project

PITA Project: Integrated Framework using Monitoring and Reliability for Improved infrastructure Management under Uncertainty: Phases 1, 2, and 3


The aim of the PITA project is to develop a novel integrated framework using structural health monitoring and reliability technologies for improved bridge management under uncertainty. Through the use of new technologies and the employment of structural health monitoring and reliability approaches, the project is expected to have significant impact on bridge lifetime management practices.


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