Professor Huiming Yin wins NSF and DoD Grants
Huiming Yin, associate professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, has been awarded three new grants to further his research in structural monitoring and sustainable building materials. One NSF three-year grant will support a new study led by Yin, with co-principal investigators and colleagues Andrew Smyth, professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, and William Bailey, professor of applied physics and applied mathematics. This study will investigate the motion of ferromagnetic particles in silicone prepolymer to form a chain-structure composite for strain and fracture sensing, which will be validated in bridge structural health monitoring. Another three-year NSF grant was awarded to Yin for his proposal to advance the understanding of the asphalt foaming process in building structures and establish a theoretical framework to predict the material behavior for material design. Yin hopes this advanced research will lead to new theories and models of sustainable engineering materials in energy and environmental aspects. Lastly, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research has awarded Yin a grant to support research in multifunctional weathering and accelerated aging system for study of life cycle performance of polymer materials and structures.