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Free Press Features UVM Engineering Research to Create More Permeable Pavement, Reducing Water Runoff

Mandar Dewoolkar, associate professor of engineering, and his research team explain their work to the Burlington Free Press -- an effort to create a permeable concrete surface that helps prevent erosion and water pollution by absorbing rainwater. With a stretch of Trinity Campus parking lot as their lab, the team used an innovative, modular design of pre-cast and cured concrete slabs installed on a bed of gravel, with embedded gauges to monitor changes in the concrete’s permeability, fluctuations in the water table and salinity. Read the story...