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Sarah Orton Wins Gary B. Multanen/CM Magazine Scholarship

15 October 2006

With her research paper “Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Anchors to Increase Capacity of CFRP Sheets Bonded to Reinforced Concrete,” Ph.D-candidate Sarah Orton, who attends the University of Texas at Austin, has won the 2006 Gary B. Multanen/Composites Manufacturing magazine scholarship.

Orton will provide a poster session of her research at Composites Manufacturing (CM) magazine’s booth #1720 from 11am-12pm, Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 from 1pm-2pm at Composites & Polycon 2006 in St. Louis.

“We’re very impressed with Sarah’s research,” said CM Editor, Andrew Rusnak. “Especially with the push toward innovative composites solutions and the challenge of the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure. She attacked a common problem of de-bonding and tested what looks to be a viable solution.”

Gary Multanen is a two-time past president and founding father of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA). Composites Manufacturing is one of two magazines published by the ACMA. Orton’s research will be featured in the October issue of CM which will be distributed at Composites & Polycon 2006. She also will receive a $1,000 check presented by ACMA’s board of directors.

“This year we received more applicants than ever in the short three-year history of the scholarship program,” Rusnak continued. “There were many competitive papers from colleges and universities around the United States. The judges had a difficult time, but made the best decision.”

Orton set up a test plan and measured results of “tension in CFRP sheet per anchorage scheme,” and concluded that “CFRP anchors enable fuller utilization of the tensile capacity of a CFRP sheet and thereby further increases the capacity of a CFRP-strengthened reinforced concrete beam.” After taking her doctorate in Civil Engineering in May 2007, she will seek a career in academia, with the goal of becoming a professor involved in both teaching and research.