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Development of an Ultra-High Performance Concrete Bridge Superstructure System

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-08-0008
Project Status: 
Completed
Start Date: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
End Date: 
Thursday, December 31, 2009
FHWA Program: 
Infrastructure
FHWA Subprogram: 
Structures
FHWA Activity: 
Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC)
TRT Terms: 
Concrete Structures; Infrastructure; Research; Bridges; Concrete; Construction; Prefabricated Bridges
FHWA Discipline: 
Construction and Project Management, Design, Structures
Subject Area: 
Bridges and other structures, Design, Research

Contact Information

First Name: 
Benjamin
Last Name: 
Graybeal
Telephone: 
(202) 493-3122
Team: 
Bridge Engineering Team
Office:
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Office Code: 
HRDI-40

Project Details

Project Description: 

This project developed and refined an optimized component that combined the bridge superstructure and deck into a single modular element. This prestressed Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) component meets all load requirements in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Load and Resistance Factor Design Bridge Design Specification. It facilitates accelerated construction by allowing for the construction of a bridge that is almost entirely prefabricated.

Goals

The key project objective is to develop a modular bridge girder component that engages the unique strength and durability properties of Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) to address pressing needs in the highway structure arena.