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GangaRao publishes textbook on fiber-reinforced polymer composite structures

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites like carbon fiber and fiberglass are opening new design opportunities for engineers. FRP composites will replace many traditional materials like steel and aluminum in the coming years, according to Hota GangaRao, Maurice A. and JoAnn Wadsworth Distinguished Professor in the Wadsworth Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Constructed Facilities Center.

A road and a rocky hillside

WVU engineers seek ways to prevent rockfalls on rural roads

Drivers on winding West Virginia roads often encounter road damage caused by rockfalls, even if they aren’t present when the rocks tumble down the hillside. West Virginia University researchers hope to cut down on these events, as a pair of engineers have examined countermeasures considered useful in mitigating rockfalls, which can result in vehicle damage, traffic disruptions and injury or death to motorists.