The Lawrence Technological University has on its roster competent faculty who are adept not only in teaching but also in carrying out research activities in their respective fields to further augment their careers.
Dr. Eli Jensen is a faculty member in the Civil Engineering Department. Her research is on the topic of “new large scale structural fire chamber: Initial experimental considerations.” This study was carried out by Eli along with her colleagues from the Civil Engineering department namely Nabil Grace, Jacob Van Horn and Mena Bebawy. The project’s objective is to assess the structural fire performance of concrete slabs by defining and designing various fire conditions. The study delved in detail on the effect of different high temperature levels and radiation on a concrete slab. In addition the research also aimed to verify the performance from the new test facility at the University.
Dr. Nabil Grace is the director of the CIMR or Center for Innovative Materials Research at the Lawrence Technological University. He is at present doing research on how army tanks can be built with materials that can resist high explosion and fire temperatures and at the same time are light in weight. This study is vital as the lives of several soldiers are dependent on how well army tanks are able to cope with fire and explosion scenarios. This research is done at the fire test facility that is housed at the Center for Innovative Materials Research. (Braddock, J.H., II., Royster, D.A., Winfield, L.F., & Hawkins, R., 1991) The fire testing furnace is testing structural components of the armor of tanks with the furnace able to produce maximum temperatures of up to 1,260 degrees C or 2,300 degrees F. These high temperature levels are produced from nine burners that emit natural gas flame.
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