Research

Research Interests

My research is on novel materials and test methods that can be used to increase the durability of concrete infrastructure. When durability is enhanced, the service-life of critical infrastructure can be lengthened leading to economical savings and environmental sustainability.

My dissertation focuses on four main areas: propagation of vibrational energy in fresh concrete with varying rheology and aggregate content, yielding of interstitial cement paste fluid between aggregates, effects of external weather conditions on internal humidity and temperature conditions of concrete railroad crossties, and correlating relative humidity with degree of saturation.

SEM of fractured fly ash-based geopolymerInstrumented pavement at FAA-NAPTFSurrogate fluid tested inside ICAR rheometerCollecting embedded data from instrumented crosstie in Lytton, BC

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Henschen, J. D., Castaneda, D. I., and Lange, D. A. “Formwork pressure model for SCC using a pressure decay signature.” (under review).
  • Song, Y., Zou, R., Castaneda, D. I., Riding, K. A., and Lange, D. A. “Advances in measuring air-void parameters in hardened concrete using a flatbed scanner.” ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation 45 (2017): in press.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Henschen, J. D., and Lange, D. A. “Field test method for residual stress in plain concrete pavements and structures.” ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation 43 (2014): 761-773.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Publications

  • Lange, D. A., Castaneda, D. I., Koch, J. A., Ewoldt, R. H., and Riding, K. A. May 2016. “Stability and Retention of Entrained Air in Conventional and Self-Consolidating Concrete.” In Khayat, K. H., (Ed). 8th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete (pp 243-252). Washington, DC: RILEM Publications S. A. R. L.
  • Lange, D. A., Castaneda, D. I., Koch, J. A., Ewoldt, R. H., and Riding, K. A. July 2014. “Stability of Entrained Air in Self-Consolidating Concrete under Vibration.” In XXII Nordic Concrete Research Symposia (pp 387-90). Reykjavik, Iceland: Norsk Betongforening.
  • Castaneda, D. I., and Lange, D. A. June 2012. “New field testing procedure to measure surface stresses in plain concrete pavements.” In Scarpas, A. et al (Eds). 7th RILEM International Conference on Cracking in Pavements (pp 191-200). Delft University, The Netherlands: Springer.

Technical Reports

  • Riding, K. A., Lange, D. A., Castaneda, D. I., Koch, J. A., Albahttiti, M. T., Ghadban, A. A., Song, Y., and Zou, R. “Concrete Material and Manufacturing Requirements for Freeze-Thaw Durable Concrete¬† Railroad Ties: Volume I and Volume II.” Technical Report to U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration Office of Research and Development, Washington, D.C., 20590. January 2016.
  • Lange, D. A., Henschen, J. D., and Castaneda, D. I. “Light can corrosion study.” Technical Note, Center of Excellence for Airport Technology CEAT, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801. April 2013.
  • Lange, D. A. and Castaneda, D. I. “Selection of material and methodology for repair of cracks and distresses in concrete pavements at O’Hare Airport.” Technical Note, Center of Excellence for Airport Technology CEAT, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801. December 2012.

Conference Presentations

  • Castaneda, D. I., Riding, K. A., and Lange, D. A. July 2015. “Measuring and predicting temperature and relative humidity profile distributions inside railroad concrete crossties.” Poster presentation to the American Ceramics Society 6th Advances in Cement-Based Materials. Hosted by the Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Riding, K. A., and Lange, D. A. October 2014. “Moisture movement in concrete railroad crossties under field conditions.” Oral presentation to Technical Session In-Situ Transport Measurements ACI 228/236. Hosted by ACI International, Washington, D.C.
  • Lange, D. A., Castaneda, D. I., and Koch, J. A. October 2014. “Stability of air bubbles in Bingham fluids under vibration.” Oral presentation to ACI Session on Air Entraining and SCC Frost Durability. Hosted by ACI International, Washington, D.C.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Riding, K. A., and Lange, D. A. July 2013. “Internal relative humidity of concrete in railroad environments.” Oral presentation to the American Ceramics Society 4th Advances in Cement-Based Materials. Hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL.
  • Castaneda, D. I. and Lange, D. A. September 2012. “Repair materials and methods at O’Hare Airport.” CEAT Brownbag Seminar Series. Hosted by O’Hare Modernization Program, Chicago, IL.
  • Castaneda, D. I. and Lange, D. A. June 2012. “Investigating setting and strength in alkali diffusion-controlled geopolymeric reactions.” Poster presentation to the American Ceramics Society 3rd Advances in Cement-Based Materials. Hosted by the University of Texas, Austin, TX.
  • Castaneda, D. I. and Lange, D. A. June 2012. “New field testing procedure to measure stress state in plain concrete pavements and structures.” Oral presentation to the 7th RILEM Conference on Cracking in Pavements. Hosted by Delft University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Castaneda, D. I., Marks, D. G., and Lange, D. A. July 2010. “Development of testing method for measuring residual stresses in concrete pavements.” Poster presentation to the American Ceramics Society 2nd Advances in Cement-Based Materials. Hosted by Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

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