Development of Structural Design Guide for Ultra High Performance Concrete

Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) has been recognized as a choice of material for mitigating bridge infrastructure challenges as well as to introduce innovative construction projects. In recent years, the use of UHPC has gained momentum in bridge projects across the country. However, formal structural design guidance for this material does not exist in North America, and therefore a comprehensive effort is required to formulate recommended design guidance so that the application of this material can be broadened. The objective of this project is to develop a comprehensive guide that can be used for structural design of UHPC. Using existing literature, design methods and outcomes from ongoing research, this project will develop a comprehensive guide that can be eventually implemented or cited by other standards and codes. The topics to be included in this guide include: (1) Introduction; (2) Mechanical properties; (3) Demand forces and stresses; (4) Design methods using sectional analysis; (5) Strength design; (6) Serviceability design; (7) Design for durability; and (8) Design of composite construction. In addition to providing very high compressive strength, UHPC has noticeable tensile strength. The current codes deal with the design of UHPC members in different manners especially when they are designed with reinforcing steel. This particular issue will be systematically studied and included in the design guidelines.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $240000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Georgia Department of Transportation

    600 West Peachtree St
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30308

    Connecticut Department of Transportation

    2800 Berlin Turnpike
    P. O. Box 317546
    Newington, CT  United States  06131-7546

    New York State Department of Transportation

    50 Wolf Road
    Albany, NY  United States  12232

    Washington State Department of Transportation

    Transportation Building
    Olympia, WA  United States  98504

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010
  • Managing Organizations:

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010
  • Project Managers:

    Clute, Khyle

  • Performing Organizations:

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Institute for Transportation
    2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, Iowa  United States  50010-8664
  • Start Date: 20170615
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20221031
  • Source Data: RiP Project 42132

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01635033
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(366)
  • Created Date: May 22 2017 9:27AM