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Thrust 3: Infrastructure Construction

Systems Integration projects under the Infrastructure Construction thrust include Development of Indigenous Building Materials and Engineering Applications of EICP. Enabling technology projects under this thrust include Development of Bio-inspired Sensors and Sensor Deployment Methods, Development of Adaptive Self-sensing Foundations, and Vibration-induced Self Healing. Development of Bio-inspired Sensors and Sensor Deployment Methods seeks to understand and mimic the sensing systems and borrowing strategies of lizards, moles, mollusks, and worms. Development of Adaptive Self-sensing Foundations seeks to mimic root growth and adaptation to changing boundary conditions. Inspired by bone growth and ant bridges, Vibration-induced Self Healing will explore energy/mass transfer under alternating excitation.