Mohammad Najafi, a civil engineering assistant professor, is teaming with a private sector engineer to study different techniques for renewing and designing manholes.
Dr. Najafi and Firat Sever of Benton Associates of Illinois are partnering in the $251,000 grant from the nonprofit Water Environment Research Foundation to conduct the research at UT Arlington’s Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education.
Titled “Evaluation of Manhole Rehabilitation Technologies,” the project will look at structural strengths and weaknesses of common manhole rehabilitation materials.
The grant will allow the team to conduct compression tests, tensile tests, and shear strength tests to create a tool for developing a system that people can use to rehabilitate manholes.
Read more about the grant to be used in manhole rehabilitation.