Kawashima Wins NSF BRIGE and U.S. DOT Grant

Sep 23 2013
Shiho Kawashima
Shiho Kawashima

Shiho Kawashima, assistant professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, won a two-year $171,796 Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE) award from the National Science Foundation, for “BRIGE: Characterizing the Rheological and Microstructural Evolution of Oil Well Cement Slurries under Elevated Temperature and Pressure Conditions.” She will characterize these rheological properties through measuring the dynamic flow properties under large and rapid deformation and the linear viscoelastic properties at rest. The aim is to improve understanding of the performance of oil well cement slurries during placement, which can help in the development of effective mix design methodologies and models, improve zonal isolation to increase production and safety, and reduce negative environmental impact.

In addition, Kawashima has won a one and a half year $95,032 grant from U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (U.S. DOT-PHMSA), for “Mitigating External Corrosion of Pipelines through Nano-Modified Cement-Based Coatings.” She will investigate the feasibility of utilizing carbon-based nanomaterials and supplementary cementitous materials to process a material that exhibits properties desirable for coating applications, including low permeability, dimensional stability and crack resistance.