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UTRAC Trailblazer Award for 2022

May 12, 2022 03:52 PM
Dr. Grant Schultz has won the UTRAC Trailblazer Award for 2022.
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Agricultural irrigation consumes 1% of all U.S. electricity, BYU study finds

May 03, 2022 03:35 PM
A clearer picture of the energy footprint of irrigation could help make water and energy use more sustainable.
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BYU Team Wins Regional ASCE Sustainable Solutions Competition

April 19, 2022 10:03 AM
Undergraduate students design a winning tiny home development approach for transitional housing to help address homelessness.
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UCUR Conference

March 03, 2022 12:40 PM
Civil engineering student, Shannon Andersen, presented her research on Vehicle to Everything (V2X) data analysis at the 16th Annual Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR), held on February 25, 2022. The aim of Shannon’s research was to develop a method to analyze the speeds and braking patterns of vehicles traveling around curves using V2X data. Using R, Shannon created a method to translate V2X data onto a road centerline, calculate distances from start of deceleration to the start of the curve, and present color-coded data points on an interactive map. This method could be used to determine the optimal locations for warning signs and help to advance studies in traffic behavior on curved roads.
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ASC Team Wins

February 18, 2022 01:26 PM
Just wanted to recognize the competition teams this year from Construction Management. The ASC teams placed top three in three events this year, including a first place finish from the Design Build Team run out of the new BYU Sustainable Design Studio! The NAHB teams also did very well, placing 2nd overall in the National Custom Home competition, and 7th overall in the Production Home Competition. BYU is the winningest university in the history of the National Home Builder Association student competition!
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Self-Centering System To Protect Buildings During an Earthquake

January 31, 2022 02:18 PM
Structural systems that bring a building back to upright position after an earthquake (“self-centering” systems) have existed for some time, but they are not commonly used because they involve unconventional construction methods and costly materials. BYU Honors student Emma Kratz-Bailey and her faculty mentor Johnn Judd are developing a self-centering system for steel-frame buildings that aims to address these issues by employing commonly applied construction methods and materials. In the proposed system, shear is transferred through a standard slotted shear tab beam connection, and flexure is transferred through buckling restrained steel struts that are embedded in the floor above the beam and a seat angle below the beam. Post-tensioned strands act in concert with the steel struts within the concrete or wood floor to re-center the building. In the first phase of the study, two full-scale prototypes of the proposed building system were constructed and tested in the structures lab using a quasi-static fully-reversed cyclic loading protocol to mimics earthquake shaking. The tests of the concrete floor building showed that the proposed system was able to achieve the required story drift for moderately ductile steel moment frame buildings and it was able to isolate the beam from column rotation up to 3% story drift. After 4% story drift, the gap between the floor and the column was insufficient to prevent the strut tabs from ramming into the floor. A wood floor building system with a larger gap was tested. The system showed improved ability to re-center the building and had smaller flexural strength compared to the concrete floor building. The results suggest that the proposed concept is viable, but several details of the system (such as the gap between the column and the floor, the strength of the concrete floor, and the thickness of the bearing plates for the struts) need to be refined in the next phase of the study
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