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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-10-0010
Project Name:   Nanoscale Approaches for Inhibiting Corrosion: Multifunctional Nanomaterials and Processes for Infrastructure Repair and Corrosion Inhibition
Project Status:   Active
Start Date:  February 17, 2010
End Date:  February 1, 2016
Contact Information
Last Name:  Virmani
First Name:  Paul
Telephone:  202-493-3052
E-mail:  paul.virmani@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Team:   Infrastructure Management Team [HRDI-60]
Program:   Exploratory Advanced Research
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Infrastructure Research and Technology Strategic Plan and Roadmap
Project Description:   The project will develop technologies, materials, and methods to either repair or retrofit structures located both above and underwater to inhibit corrosion. The research will utilize the advancements in nanomaterials, especially carbon nanotubes, to develop an onsite spray system to enhance the structural capacity and barrier layer for corrosion resistances.
Background Information:   The project was submitted in response to a fiscal year 2007 Exploratory Advanced Research Program solicitation.
More Information URL(s):  
  1. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch/pubs/11063/11063.pdf
Product Type:   Research report
Test Methodology:   Laboratory research
Expected Benefits:   The technical innovations developed by this research could significantly advance multifunctional composite coating for corrosion control as well as strengthening and repair of infrastructure.
Deliverables: Name: Materials and Spray Systems for Infrastructure Repair -- Report
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: Epoxy/nanotube composite mixture.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Materials
Project Management
FHWA Disciplines:   Construction and Project Management
Subject Areas:   Bridges and other structures
Maintenance and Preservation


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