Composite materials could be long-term solution to deteriorating bridges

Sen. Whitehouse, Congressman Langevin, DOT Director Peter Alviti to attend presentation at URI

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862 |

WHO: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin; Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti Jr.; University of Rhode Island researchers: Arun Shukla, Simon Ostrach Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering; George Tsiatas, professor of civil and environmental engineering; and Sumanta Das, URI assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering;  and URI graduate students: Irine Neba Mforsoh, mechanical engineering, and Annika J. Haak and Sumeru Nayak, civil engineering.

WHAT: Students to present report, Composite Materials for Bridges in Rhode Island. The students researched the use of composite materials in bridges around the world and examined cost, durability, construction time and longevity. The findings show that the cost of one type of composite used on bridge decks — fiberglass reinforced plastic — has declined about 50 percent since the 1990s. Researchers and engineers believe that composite materials could be a long-term solution for deteriorating bridges across the country.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Kingston Campus, Ranger Hall, 10 Ranger Road, Room 103

TO COVER THE EVENT: Call Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing and Communications, 401-874-5862