Improved Calculation of Scour Potential in Cohesive Soils and Scour Susceptible Rock

Scour in cohesive soils and rock has been a challenge for engineers in development to design safe, yet cost-effective new bridges with these site characteristics. Also, many existing bridges have been identified with a scour critical condition, this poses safety risks and requires additional resources for inspections. Unlike non-cohesive soils, standardized scour analysis methodologies and broadly accepted guidance on testing and then subsequent analysis of the scour susceptibility of cohesive soils and rock are lacking. Nationally, research has been conducted by various states and educational institutions related to this topic, however this has not been accomplished within Michigan’s unique environment at MDOT bridge sites.


    • English


    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $90417.82
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Michigan Department of Transportation

      Murray Van Wagoner Building
      425 West Ottawa, P.O. Box 30050
      Lansing, MI  United States  48909
    • Project Managers:

      Curtis, Rebecca

    • Performing Organizations:

      Michigan Technological University, Houghton

      1400 Townsend Drive
      Houghton, MI  United States  49931
    • Principal Investigators:

      Liu, Zhen (Leo)

    • Start Date: 20190501
    • Expected Completion Date: 20201115
    • Actual Completion Date: 20201231

    Subject/Index Terms

    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01704507
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: May 8 2019 9:15AM