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Inside the Blast Load Simulator at the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory.
Researchers with ERDC’s Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory and Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) take initial data for cold weather testing on new airfield damage repair materials in CRREL's Frost Effects Research Facility.
In support of Homeland Security, the Centrifuge conducted many vulnerability studies on multi-bay, multi-story buildings, and dynamic events.
GSL houses the world’s most powerful centrifuge, supporting research investigations under a wide range of climatic conditions. Models can be subjected to range of gravity from 1-350 gs.
GSL personnel put their technology to the test during a simulated explosive blast.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research & Development Center
Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory
3909 Halls Ferry Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199

Lulu Edwards, an engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center 's Geotechnical and Structures Lab, presents Rapid Large Crater Airfield Repair. The Geotechnical and Structures Lab has refined tactics, techniques, and procedures to repair large areas of damaged airfields. Runways can now be repaired and used within hours instead of weeks, even in remote areas. ( U.S. Army Video by Jake Pope)
Dr. John Rushing, a research civil engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, presents Induction Hot Mix Asphalt. IHMA is a fast and durable technology for pavement and airfield repair. ERDC's technology and method enhances war fighter logistic capabilities by quickly repairing damaged airfields and roads, even in remote locations.The Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory’s induction technology heats pre-packaged, quality asphalt mix to hot asphalt temperatures in less than five minutes, offering quality field repairs in any season. The technology results in superior performance, with more than 90 percent time savings compared to other heating methods.
VICKSBURG, Miss. (May 15, 2019) – Senior military leaders and planners from Germany and the U.S. gathered at ERDC Headquarters in Vicksburg, Mississippi, for a two-day meeting of the U.S. - DEU (Germany) SCF-A. The event was co-chaired by the Deputy Assistant Secretaries of the Army for Research and Technology and Defense Exports and Cooperation, and the German Federal Ministry of Defence. Mr. Norbert Weber, FMoD Chief of Branch A II 6, led the German delegation. Ms. Ann Cataldo, DASA DE&C, led the U.S. Army delegation. The event provided a forum for establishing broad cooperation between the armies of the U.S. and Germany in the advancement of materials research, development and acquisition.
Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory’s Dr. Ben Cox, Web Floyd and Dr. John Rushing along with Dr. Craig Rutland from the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center published a magazine article titled, “In All Kinds of Weather,” in Roads and Bridges Magazine for a special issue on innovative solutions on pothole repair materials. The GSL team submitted their novel solution to the common problem of potholes in asphalt pavements for patent. Their repair material, induction hot-mix asphalt, referred to as iHMA, offers patching quantities of asphalt mixture that can be heated on-demand in the field. The technology results in superior performance with over 90% time savings compared to other heating methods. By using induction technology, the patching material is heated to more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit in less than five minutes by generating an even distribution of heat throughout the containerized mixture. While the solution was developed for the Air Force to repair damaged airfields, it has wide-ranging applications for state and local agencies often unable to perform durable pavement repairs, especially during winter months when asphalt plants are not operational.

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Researchers named senior scientific technical managers
10/18/2019
VICKSBURG, Miss. ⸺ Four U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center team members were recently named senior scientific technical managers Sept. 29, 2019....
Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory researchers receive vehicle barrier patents
10/9/2019
VICKSBURG, Miss.--U.S. Soldiers now have a portable, easily assembled barrier for roadways to stop advancing and possibly hostile vehicles, thanks to engineers at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and...
Two great minds earn recognition for achievements
8/20/2019
Vicksburg, Miss. – (Aug. 16, 2019) When Dr. Edith Martinez-Guerra, a research environmental engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Environmental Laboratory, attended...

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