Welcome to the Metal and Composite Structural Integity (MCSI) Laboratory!

The mission of the Metal and Composite Structural Integrity Laboratory is to explore next-generation sustainable metal and composite material/hybrids and structures with embedded autonomous logic-controlled characteristics contributing to develop the next-generation low-maintenance metal and composite/hybrid structures.

The scientific merit is to understand, process and fine-tune the embedded autonomous logic-controlled characteristics of new metal and composite/hybrid structures, such as self-sensing, damage precursor detection, self-healing, damage-arrest capabilities.

The broader impact is creating solutions for the decaying metal and composite civil infrastructure providing

  • Lifecycle-oriented innovative technology and design of metal and composite structures,
  • Safety through metal and composite structures,
  • Economy and sustainability through metal and composite structures

Research involves analytical, numerical and experimental studies of multifunctionality embedded in metal and composite material, which may trigger damage tolerance, healing, sensing, energy harvesting, etc. Our approaches account for the interrelations of processing, nano/micro/macrostructure properties and structural performance, with the ultimate goal to embed resilience in the infrastructure. Current research activities address simulation and experimental testing of metal-polymer composite properties to better understand and fine-tune interface properties, autonomous detection of defects in metals and composites, embedded defect (damage)-arrest capability, and innovative metal and composite joining methodologies avoiding the heat affacted zone.

Check out our ongoing research programs!

Prof. Rutner was faculty advisor of structural design of the SURE House, an innovative wood-composite energy-efficient and flood/hurricane resilient coastal one-family coastal house competing in the Department of Energy (DOE)-organized Solar Decathlon Competition. 20 universities were selected by the Department of Energy for the last round and the competition took place in October 2015 in Irvine, CA.
Our team won the 1st place. Please click here to see our approach for innovative coastal housing, comprising sustainability and resilience, the SURE House.
More information is provided on the US Department of Energy (DOE) website.

The SURE House - SUstainable an REsilient coastal housing:

Energy efficiency during normal operation:  90% reduction of energy demand mechanics and design Flood-proof and hurricane-resistant envelope through innovative composite

Photo by Stevens Institute of Technology