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Major Italian Newspaper Interviews Professor Antonio Nanni

The aftermath of the mid-August collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, has generated an international discourse on structural vulnerability and long-term durability.

Elena Dusi, a reporter for the influential Italian newspaper La Repubblica, decided to explore the latest innovations in construction and interviewed a number of Italian engineers working abroad.

Among them was University of Miami’s Antonio Nanni, professor and chair of the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, who shared his expertise with newspaper. Nanni, a world-renown expert in field of concrete-based structures, stated that it is now possible to build bridges with a guaranteed service life of 100 to 150 years, specifically if conventional steel reinforcement that is subject to corrosion and spalling of the surrounding concrete is replaced with composite bars made of fibers such as glass or carbon.

In the article, Nanni highlights the Halls River Bridge under construction in Homosassa, Fla. Nanni and his students have been heavily involved in the realization of this structure.  Interestingly enough, not only does the bridge make use of composite bars shipped from Italy, but it also is being built by an Italian general contractor.

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