Corrosion Resistant Steel for Highway Bridges

The objective of the subject program is to develop a new "improved" steel composition with weathering characteristics significantly superior to any of the steels listed in ASTM 709, "Standard Specification for Structural Steel for Bridges", such that its life cycle will be at least two times longer than any ASTM 709 steel in a highway bridge subjected to extensive use of salt as a deicing agent. The "improved" steel shall (1) be readily producible by American steel companies on existing facilities, (2) meet the design specifications of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)and have mechanical properites similar to "today's steel grades", (3) have a high level of weldability when joined by processess such as SAW, SMAW, FCAW, and GMAW, and (4) have a cost similar to the corresponding A709 steels unless the steel has a "higher strength that reduces the steel required for a given application" and provides "improved corrosion resistance in mild chloride environments and life cycle cost"; and thereby justifies a "first cost premium".


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Virmani, Paul

    • Performing Organizations:

      Lehigh University

      ATLSS Engineering Research Center
      IMBT Laboratory
      Bethlehem, PA  United States  18015-4729
    • Principal Investigators:

      Stout, Robert

      Gross, John

    • Start Date: 20070000
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20100000
    • Source Data: RiP Project 13715

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01462822
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-07-C-00007
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:11PM