York Fire Lab

Our fire lab funding was made official with a CFI-ORF grant this September. This funding advances equipment and technology for material study in fire and conducting data collection in HBIF studies with modern camera equipment. The grant will allow the fire testing lab at York University in Toronto, Canada to scale up fire testing technology.…

Annual Concrete Labs at Carleton

Teaching the undergrad students about emerging materials this week. To make our labs more educational this year (with massive amounts of extra safety protocols added), we conducted several concrete compression tests on conventional concrete wrapped in a carbon fiber reinforced polymer (frp). The students are able to compare their normal conventional concrete compression cylinder tests to…

New Book on Post-tensioned Concrete in fire

A new book will be published by Springer titled; Structural Fire Performance of Contemporary Post-tensioned Concrete Construction. The book is available now. You can now order or download it here . The book features: A follow up to my highly cited Fire Safety Journal 2011 literary review paper - doubling the amount of tests analyzed; New insights on bonded post-tensioned concrete construction; Concise…

Scanning Electron Microscopy Mysteries

This week, I have been completing some work at the Queen’s University Facility for Isotope Research. There I am using a MLA 650 FEG Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) to investigate micro-cracking of high temperature exposed concrete. This work is part of the Sustainable concrete mixes with recycled concrete aggregates in high temperature project I am…