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Grout Performance in Staged Construction Connections

Project Information

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Project Status: 
Start Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2010
End Date: 
Thursday, May 31, 2012
FHWA Program: 
FHWA Subprogram: 
FHWA Activity: 
Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC)
FHWA Topics: 
Roads and Bridges--Construction and Project Management; Roads and Bridges--Design; Roads and Bridges--Structures; Research/Technologies--FHWA Research and Technology; Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms: 
Concrete Structures; Infrastructure; Bridges; Research; Grout; Construction; Materials
FHWA Discipline: 
Construction and Project Management, Design, Structures
TRB Subject Area: 
Bridges and other structures, Materials, Research

Contact Information

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Last Name: 
(202) 493-3122
Bridge Engineering Team
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
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Project Details

Project Description: 

This research aims to identify parameters critical to the performance of field-cast grout systems used in staged construction connections. The grout bondability performance will be assessed in terms of the frequency and amplitude of the movement applied to embedded elements during the curing process.


The objective of this research is to assess the performance of field-cast grouts, which fill bridge deck staged construction connections. These connections frequently connect between loaded and unloaded portions of the bridge, resulting in differential deflection between the sides of the connection prior to grout curing. The performance of the connection may be impacted by any deformations induced into connecting elements embedded in the grout.


Deliverable Name: 
Influence of Differential Deflection on Staged Construction Deck-Level Connections
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Full report covering results of research project. Citation:Swenty, M., and Graybeal, B., "Influence of Differential Deflection on Staged Construction Deck-Level Connections," FHWA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Report No. FHWA-HRT-12-057, 2012, p 82 (National Technical Information Service, Accession No. PB2012-111528).
Deliverable Name: 
Influence of Differential Deflection on Staged Construction Deck-Level Connections
Deliverable Type: 
Deliverable Description: 
TechBrief summarizing the findings of the research project.