Develop an Innovative Self-Healing Concrete Technology for Bridge Deck Life Extension

The proposed research aims to conduct pilot study to develop a self-healing concrete technology that rapidly heal the cracks by use of microorganism fungi. Fungi is selected due to its capability to rapidly cover exposed surfaces of concrete cracks with its hyphae fiber. The recovery of mechanical properties will be achieved with fungi induced bio mineralization process, which glue the cracked surfaces together. Besides, the hydrophobic nature of the fungi fiber prevents water ingression and therefore mitigates the corrosion due to deicing salt. Fast and autogenous cracking healing of concrete will extend the service life of bridge decks and bring major cost and labor savings compared with conventional treatment procedures.


    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $108002
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life Extension

      Washington State University
      Civil & Environmental Engineering
      Pullman, Washington  United States  99164

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

      Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life Extension

      Washington State University
      Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
      Pulman, Washington  United States  99163
    • Project Managers:

      Kline, Robin

    • Performing Organizations:

      Case Western Reserve University

      School of Engineering
      10900 Euclid Avenue
      Cleveland, OH  United States  44106
    • Principal Investigators:

      Yu, Xiong

    • Start Date: 20200501
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
    • Subprogram: Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life Etension

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01773419
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability and Life-Extension
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551947137
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: May 28 2021 5:52PM