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Presentation for The AHD30, Structures Maintenance Committee, January 16, 2013

Presentation Objectives

  • EAR Program Background
  • EAR Program Focus on Structural Maintenance
  • Longer Term Vision

Focus Areas

  • Connected highway and vehicle systems
  • Breakthrough concepts in material science
  • Human behavior and travel choices
  • New technology and advanced policies for energy and resource conservation
  • Technology for assessing performance Cross cutting
  • Nanoscale research
  • Information sciences

New Materials

  • Potential for advances in
    • Reduced cracking
    • Increased corrosion resistance

Assessing Performance

  • Demonstrated advances in
    • Application of new technology for sensor systems
    • Methods for signal analysis and predictive modeling

EAR Program Methods

  • Focus on high-risk, high payoff research
  • Merit review is used to enhance the quality of research processes and results
  • Research stakeholders are involved throughout 
  • Commitment to successful project handoff

Breadth with Depth

  • All projects begin with initial stage investigations
    • Reference searches, scanning trips, convening workshops, etc.
  • Assure leverage of the most recent, relevant and advanced research from all fields
  • Not all initial stage investigations lead to (or are expected to lead to) follow-on or actionable results

Experts and Partners

  • Experts and research stakeholders are involved throughout
    • From topic generation and scoping, through evaluation of proposals, ongoing research
  • Stakeholders include
    • Academic
    • Government (federal, state, and local)
    • Industry (businesses, associations)
    • International

Project Handoff

  • Continued Committment to projects transitioning out of Program
    • Focused outreach of project results
    • Meetings, demonstrations with potential new funders

EAR Program Payoff

  • Encouraging original ideas
  • Connecting with new partners
  • Growing scientific capacity and pushing disciplinary frontiers
    • Building tools that accelerate discovery, allow for new measurements, concepts
  • Pointing the way to new technology, applications

Longer-Term Impact

  • New Materials
    • Faster, better, less expensive construction
    • Increased long-term durability

Longer-Term Impact

  • Moving from assessing performance to controlling performance
    • At the material level, adaptive, multi-functionality, self-sensing, self-healing
    • At the structural level, self-sensing, predictive, resilient, evolving

Thank You

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David Kuehn
Program Manager
(202) 493-3414