Laminated Wood Deck System for Folded Plate Girder

Folded plate girder (FPG) is a superstructure bridge system which involves a cold bend out of a single sheet of steel with an open bottom flange. The cold bend eliminates the costly and inconsistent shop weld found in traditional girders. The FPG concept works for both traditional construction and accelerated bridge construction (ABC). In traditional construction, formwork is needed along with the placement of deck reinforcement then the concrete is placed. In ABC, the deck slab is fabricated in the factory with transverse steel reinforcing bars extended outside the cured slab portion to form closure joint with adjacent deck slab then ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) is placed at closure joints. In order to reduce the construction time further, a laminated wood deck is suggested in this proposal in order to further accelerate the on-site construction. Many advantages can be achieved by integrating laminated wood deck with FPG such as lighter prefabricated modular unit, easy fabrication of the modular unit, reducing on-site construction by eliminated construction joints, and suitability for rural regions where heavy equipment or cranes are not accessible. The proposed research suggests experimental testing and finite element modelling for a modular unit of FPG with laminated wood deck. In the suggested experimental work, large scale specimen will be tested under fatigue loading for service life design and under ultimate load for AASHTO strength design.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $85000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Azizinamini, Atorod

  • Performing Organizations:

    Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)

    Florida International University
    10555 W. Flagler Street
    Miami, FL  United States  33174
  • Principal Investigators:

    Azizinamini, Atorod

  • Start Date: 20190301
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230804
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01700427
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747121
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2019 1:18PM