Development of Lightweight Engineered Cementitious Composites for Multifunctional Seismic Retrofitting on Unreinforced Masonry Structures Using Industry Byproducts

  • Zhang, Dichuan (PI)
  • Kim, Jong (Co-I)
  • Shon, Chang (Other Faculty/Researcher)
  • Ju, Hyunjin (Postdoctoral scholar (PhD degree holder))
  • Wu, Jing (Other participant)
  • Wu, Chang (Other participant)

Project: Monitored by Research Administration

Project Details

Grant Program

Faculty Development Competitive Research Grant Program 2021-2023

Project Description

The objective of this project is to develop lightweight engineered cementitious composites (ECC) for multifunctional seismic retrofitting on unreinforced masonry structures using industry byproducts. The proposed composites are targeted to have the following features: high tensile strain hardening rate, lightweight, low thermal conductivity, and high sound absorption ability. With these features, the composites, proposed to be used for retrofitting the unreinforced masonry structures, have potential to improve their seismic resistance, thermal insulation, and sound insulation performance, and thus achieving the multifunctional purpose. Sustainable industry byproducts available in Kazakhstan will be used for developing the composites. The proposed multifunctional retrofit technique is intended to increase the resilience of the masonry structures in resisting earthquakes as well as reducing their energy consumptions, thereby improving overall urban sustainability.
Effective start/end date1/1/2112/31/23


  • Seismic Response
  • Multifunctional Retrofit
  • Unreinforced Masonry Structure
  • Engineered Cementitious Composites
  • Lightweight Technology
  • Industry Byproducts


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