Lift, Drag Forces, and Moments on Bridge Decks

The bridge of the future is likely to be constructed of lighter and more durable high- performance materials, which will lead to more concern about storm surges sweeping the deck off the foundations as occurred on I-10 during the 2004/2005 hurricane season. The proposed study utilizes high tech force measurement techniques to derive drag, lift, and moment coefficients for inundated bridge decks for a variety of approach flow conditions.