Bio-Inspired Solutions for Jersey and Road Noise Barriers: Exploring 3D Printing as Alternative Precast Technology

This research project aims to leverage the potential of concrete 3D printing as an alternative precast technology to develop innovative Jersey barriers for impact energy absorption and self-reconfigurable acoustic metamaterials for road noise mitigation. By combining concrete and polymers and exploring the novel approach of printing two materials simultaneously, the project seeks to optimize energy dissipation in Jersey barriers and develop customized acoustic barriers with improved noise reduction capabilities. The research will involve design, comprehensive analysis, fabrication techniques, and rigorous testing to validate the performance and durability of the 3D-printed barriers. The findings from this project have the potential to significantly enhance road safety and noise reduction in transportation infrastructure. By providing novel solutions backed by thorough validation, the project aims to offer sustainable and effective measures for mitigating impact forces and reducing road traffic noise.


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    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory
      Urbana, IL  United States  61801-2352

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Purdue University

      1040 South River Road
      West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907
    • Principal Investigators:

      Zavattieri, Pablo D

      Olek, Jan

      Youngblood, Jeffrey

    • Start Date: 20230901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01893427
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Transportation Infrastructure Precast Innovation Center
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 18 2023 10:12PM