Alena Mikhaylova, Dr. Ali Abolmaali's Ph.D. student, has received a highly competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) fellowship. The NSF-EAPSI fellowship provides educational opportunities to the awardee to participate in international research collaboration. Alena's research will be conducted in collaboration with Kyungpook National University (KNU) in South Korea this summer and will be focused on detection of steel fiber distribution within fiber-concrete composite including its influence on overall strength and stiffness of fiber concrete pipes. This study is the continuation of Alena's current funded research, which includes full scale structural testing coupled with Arbitrary Eulerian/Lagrangian finite element formulation for pipes with both hoop and shell actions.
Based on Alena's research results, a new ASTM specification for steel fiber-reinforced concrete pipe is currently at its final balloting and development stages for the first time in the United States. Alena is an active member of ASTM C13.02 on concrete pipes, and she is the author and co-author of three peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings with Dr. Abolmaali.