TRC1903 - Investigating Concrete Deck Cracking in Continuous Steel Bridges

Concrete bridge deck cracking creates serious serviceability issues during a bridge design's life, and can compromise a bridge's structural strength. This project aims to identify the primary causes of deck cracking, as well as determining the stresses in the due to concrete slab movement during shrinkage. After determining the cause for bridge deck cracking, long-term corrective measures will be recommended to prevent future cases of bridge deck cracking. The current objective in this project is to review documents about bridge deck cracking in Arkansas and look for correlations between projects. After reviewing the procedures contractors go through when pouring a bridge deck, examine previously constructed bridges and determine the best mapping of strain gauges for examining the stresses inside of a freshly poured concrete bridge deck.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $236286
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Arkansas Department of Transportation

      P.O. Box 2261
      Little Rock, AR  United States  72203
    • Project Managers:

      Romano, Kim

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

      4190 Bell Engineering
      Civil Engineering
      Fayetteville, Arkansas  United States  72701
    • Principal Investigators:

      Heymsfield, E

    • Start Date: 20180725
    • Expected Completion Date: 20221130
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01698873
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Arkansas Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: TRC1903
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Mar 14 2019 3:55PM