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Innovative Vegetated High Performance Turf Reinforcement Mat for Levee Protection

Opportunities for Research Experience

Duration: June 2009 – April 2010

IMTrans launched its Opportunities for Research Experience (ORE) program with a call for applications in the spring of 2009. The objectives of the program are to:

  • Expand opportunities for a more active form of learning by students,
  • Encourage the interaction of undergraduate students with faculty,
  • Expand the level of research activity at Jackson State,
  • Help recruit superior students into our graduate program,
  • Demonstrate that teaching and research are compatible and mutually reinforcing.

The following research/education projects were approved for funding:

Innovative Vegetated High Performance Turf Reinforcement Mat for Levee Protection

       Levee is one of the important parts of National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). The NIPP describes activities and programs related to levee protection in all-hazard context, such as the effects of natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes). The damage of levee on the public transit is significant. The primary objective of the proposed research project is to determine the effectiveness of innovative levee strengthening system with HPTRM during true full-scale overtopping conditions simulating waves or combined wave and storm surge. A testing program has been designed to simulate unsteady overtopping in a full-scale overtopping test bed using the 342-ft wave flume, the largest of its kind in North America. Because of its size and ability to operate in High Reynolds regimes, the flume is ideally suited for levee testing under true full-scale overtopping conditions. As a result, the erosion protection resistance and capability of these systems can be evaluated. The Information obtained from the full-scale sections will be used to derive a new design and construction methodology for levee strengthening systems.

Students: Justin Roberts and William McCLeave
Dr.Lin Li, Faculty Research Advisor
Dept. of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering
Jackson State University.