Research Projects

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AREAS OF RESEARCH SPECIALIZATION

  • Soil Erosion and Sediment Control using a Rainfall Simulator
  • Pervious Pavement Systems
  • Fertilizer Impacts on Ground and Surface Waters
  • Computational Methods: Finite Element and Boundary Element Methods
  • Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction and Poroelasticity and Thermoelasticity
  • Nonlinear Soil Consolidation and Stress Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics and Vibrations of Bridges
  • Permeable Treatment Walls for In Situ Groundwater Remediation
  • Stability of Sinkholes
  • Soil Properties and Earthwork.

PATENTS AND COPYRIGHTS

  1. Reactive Material Placement Technique for Groundwater Treatment, Inventors: J. Quinn, Clausen, C., Reinhart, D. and Chopra, M., Patent Number 6207114, March 27, 2001.
  2. SHARP Model for Storm Water Harvesting and Assessment for Reduction of Pollutants. Copyright Issued, REGISTRATION NUMBER TX 7-621-400, June 2012.

 

FUNDED RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Obtained $5.20 Million of sponsored research as PI or Co-PI, not including the NSFSTEP grant of $1.23 Million shared with several faculty in the college. Participated in several Interdisciplinary projects with colleagues from CECE, CECS, Chemistry and other institutions.

 

SPONSORED RESEARCH

  1. Title: “Evaluation of Pollution Levels Due to the Use of Consumer Fertilizers under Florida Conditions: Examination of Lower Slopes and Rainfall Intensities Taking into account Overland Flow”, PI, Florida Department of Transportation, August 2012-May 2014, $89,495, (16-60-7050)
  2. Title: “Erosion and Sediment Control BMP Standards and Manual Update”, PI (with Martin Wanielista), Florida Department of Transportation, April 2012 – Nov 2014, $126,134, (16-60-7043)
  3. Title: “Field Implementation of Polyacrylamide Treatment Systems”, PI (with Martin Wanielista), Florida Department of Transportation, Nov 2011-Nov 2013, $95,000, (16-60-7040)
  4. Title: “Performance Testing and Analysis of Silt Fences using the Tilting Soil Test Beds with Simulated Rainfall”, PI (with Martin Wanielista), Florida Department of Transportation, October 2011-Nov 2013, $119,650, (16-60-7039)
  5. Title: “Demonstration Project for Bio-sorption Activated Media for Ultra-urban Stormwater Management Treatment”, co-PI (with Martin Wanielista, Andrew Randall and Ni-Bin Chang), Florida Department of Transportation, September 2012-May 2014, $277,999, (16-60-7051)
  6. Title: “Nutrient based Stormwater Management Design Tools”, Co-PI (with Martin Wanielista), Florida Department of Transportation, April 2012-Feb 2014, $228,168, (16-60-7044 to 16-60-7048)
  7. Title: “Floating Wetland Systems for Nutrient Removal in Stormwater Ponds”, Co-PI (with Ni-Bin Chang and Martin Wanielista), Florida Department of Transportation, April 2010-April 2012, $200,706, (16-60-7026)
  8. Title: “Evaluation of Pollution Levels Due to the Use of Consumer Fertilizers under Florida Conditions”, PI, Florida Department of Transportation, May 2008-August 2010, $150,000, (16-60-7025)
  9. Title:”Inlet Protection Devices and their Effectiveness”, Co-PI (with Martin Wanielista), Florida Department of Transportation, May 2008-August 2010, $160,000, (16-60-7022)
  10. Title: “Pervious Pavements, Installation, Operation and Strength’, PI, Florida Department of Transportation, May 2008-May 2011, $210,036, (16-60-7024)
  11. Title: “Stormwater Reuse Using Retention and In-Line Pipes for Treatment consistent with the new Statewide Stormwater Rule”, Co-PI (with Martin Wanielista), Florida Department of Transportation, May 2008-May 2011, $370,000, (16-60-7023)
  12. Title: “Index Testing to Support the Stormwater Management Erosion and Sediment Control Laboratory”, PI, Florida Department of Transportation, October 2007- January 2010, $100,032, (16-60-7018)
  13. Title: “UCF STEP Pathways to STEM: From promise to Prominence”, Co-PI (with several CECS faculty, PIs: Michael Georgiopoulos and Cynthia Young), National Science Foundation, $1.23 Million.
  14. Title: “Waste Tires for Pollution Control”, Co-PI (with Dr. Martin Wanielista), Seminole County, October 2005, $200,000. (16-60-8003).
  15. Title:” Stormwater Management Academy Research and Testing Laboratory”, Co-PI (with Dr. Martin Wanielista), Florida Department of Transportation, August 2004, $643,000. (16-60-7008)
  16. Title:” Performance Assessment of Portland Cement Pervious Pavements”, Co-PI (with Dr. Martin Wanielista), Florida Department of Transportation, August 2004, $92,432. (16-60-7006)
  17. Title:” Performance Assessment of Portland Cement Pervious Pavements”, Co-PI (with Dr. Martin Wanielista), Rinker Materials Corporation, February 2004, $50,000. (16-60-8001)
  18. Title: “Design and Operational Issues Related to the Co-disposal of Sludges and Biosolids in Class I Landfills – Phase II,” Co-Principal Investigator (with D.R. Reinhart and T. Townsend), Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, September 2003 – July 2004, $70,000. (16-20-7025)
  19. Title: “Design and Evaluation of Tall and Absorptive Noise Barrier Walls”, Duratek Corporation, April – July 2003, $ 6358 (TBD).
  20. Title: “Site Preparation for a Deep Foundation Test Site at the University of Central Florida”, Principal Investigator, Florida Department of Transportation, September 2001 – September 2002, $71,174. (16-21-735)
  21. Title: “Vehicle Collision with Bridge Piers”, Principal Investigator (with Sherif El-Tawil), Florida Department of Transportation, September 2002 – September 2003, $67,462. (16-50-709)
  22. Title: “US-Jordan Hazardous Waste Management Collaborative Research-Phase II” Co-Principal Investigator (with D.R. Reinhart), National Science Foundation, April 2002 – December 2003, $25,900. (16-20-409)
  23. Title: “Design and Operational Issues Related to the Co-disposal of Sludges and Biosolids in Class I Landfills,” Co-Principal Investigator (with D.R. Reinhart and T. Townsend), Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, September 2001 – May 2003, $73,530. (16-21-736)
  24. Title: “US-Jordan Municipal Solid Waste Management Collaborative Research” Principal Investigator (with D.R. Reinhart), National Science Foundation, September 2000 – December 2001, $36,400. (16-20-406)
  25. Title: “Research Study into Material Performance Testing of Soil Surface Properties using Cyanobacteria Inoculant” Principal Investigator, Engineering Technology Incorporated, August 2000 – August 2001, $13,000. (16-21-844)
  26. Title: “Leachate Collection Systems for the New Millenium,” Co-Principal Investigator (with D.R. Reinhart), Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, April 1999 – May 2000, $14,000. (16-10-740)
  27. Title: “The Interaction of Microbial Activity and Zero Valent Iron Permeable Barrier Technology – Year III”, Co-Principal Investigator (with A.A. Randall, D.R. Reinhart), Agency: Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center, 09/01/98 to 08/31/99, $69,729. (16-20-)
  28. Title: “Development of a Graduate Transportation Simulation Curriculum through CATSS”, Co-Principal Investigator (with C. Bauer and H. Al-Deek), Agency: CATSS, 03/99-02/2001, $20,000. (16-20-).
  29. Title: “Effect of Asphalt Cement Deficiency on Open Graded Friction Course” Principal Investigator, Agency: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), November 1998-April 2000, $100,000. (16-20-799)
  30. Title: “The Interaction of Microbial Activity and Zero Valent Iron Permeable Barrier Technology – Year II”, Co-Principal Investigator (with A.A. Randall, D.R. Reinhart), Agency: Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center, 09/01/98 to 08/31/99, $69,729. (16-21-831)
  31. Title: “Investigation of Shrink and Swell Factors for Soils used in FDOT Construction – Phase II”, Principal Investigator, Agency: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), November 1997 to February 1999, $70,000. (16-20-782)
  32. Title: “Permeable Reactive Walls: Field Scale Studies”, Co-Principal Investigator (with D.R. Reinhart and C. Clausen), Agency: NASA, Kennedy Space Center, 1996-99, $550,000. (16-20-205)
  33. Title: “The Interaction of Microbial Activity and Zero Valent Iron Permeable Barrier Technology – Year I”, Co-Principal Investigator (with A.A. Randall, D.R. Reinhart), Agency: Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center, 09/01/97 to 08/31/98, $66,659. (16-21-828)
  34. Title: “Investigation of Shrink and Swell Factors for Soils used in FDOT Construction – Phase I”, Principal Investigator, Agency: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), 1996-97, $66,223. (16-20-782)
  35. Title: “Influence of Modeling Parameters on the Dynamic Response of Concrete Bridges”, Co-Principal Investigator (with S.K. Kunnath), Agency: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), 1996-97, $39,000.
  36. Title: “Detection and Stability Analysis of Sinkholes using a Combined NDE and Analytical Approach, Principal Investigator, Agency: UCF – Department of Sponsored Research (In-House Grants Program), 1996-97, $7,500.
  37. Title: “Effect of Increased Superstructure Flexibility on the Dynamic Response of Concrete Bridges”, Co-Principal Investigator (with S.K. Kunnath), Agency: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), $55,000, 1995-96.
  38. Title: “Hydrodynamic Modeling of Leachate Recirculating Landfills”, Co-Principal Investigator (with D.R. Reinhart), Agency: Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center, Lamar University, TX, $64,934, 1995-96.
  39. Title: “Active MSW Landfill: Bio-Chemical Reactor II”, Co-Principal Investigator (with D.R. Reinhart), Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grant # 50194, $90,000, 1994-95.
  40. Title: “Development of BEM for Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction”, Principal Investigator, Research Initiation Grant, University of Central Florida / EIES Seed Grant, $10,000, 1993.

SPONSORED RESEARCH (PRIOR TO JOINING UCF)

Title: “Nonlinear Analysis of Composite Structures using Fourier Series and Green’s Function Representations”, Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI with P.K. Banerjee, A.L. Russo, G.F. Dargush, D.P Henry and S.T. Raveendra), NASA Contract No. NAS3- 26491, CALSPAN-UB Research Center, Agency: NASA Lewis Research Center, $734,000, 1992-93.

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