Six state transportation departments and a national cooperative have awarded a University of Texas at Arlington pipeline researcher a $400,000 grant to develop design methodologies for lining their storm-water pipes with a sprayed polymer or cement-like material coating that can extend the design life of those pipes.
Mohammad Najafi, professor in practice in the Department of Civil Engineering, is leading the research through UTA's Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education or CUIRE.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is leading the effort with transportation departments from New York, Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota and Pennsylvania also contributing funds.
The grant emanated from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which is a forum for coordinated and collaborative research and administered by the Transportation Research Board and in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.
The TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
The academies provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions.