Evaluation of Bridge Scour Research

Since 1990, state highway agencies, federal agencies, and others have expended significant resources for research on bridge scour, particularly in the following areas: (a) prediction of scour at bridge piers and abutments, (b) selection and design of bridge-scour countermeasures, (c) stream bank protection, (d) tidal scour, and (e) analysis of river systems and methodologies for predicting channel instability. In 1997, NCHRP Project 24-08, "Scour at Bridge Foundations: Research Needs," prepared a comprehensive plan to identify and guide bridge-scour-related research. Development of this plan required the research agency to assess the validity and applicability of research related to bridge scour and fluvial system instability; define the state of practice; identify gaps, deficiencies, and potential improvements in current scour technology; and make recommendations for future research. Using the results of Project 24-08, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has, through NCHRP, initiated and completed a number of bridge-scour-related research studies. In addition, FHWA and other agencies and institutions have conducted bridge-scour-related research studies related to the comprehensive strategy. The AASHTO Technical Committee on Hydrology and Hydraulics is currently developing two new manuals: "Policy for Design of Highway Drainage Facilities" and "Recommended Procedures for Design of Highway Drainage Facilities." To assist in development of the bridge-scour sections of these manuals, AASHTO needs a critical evaluation of bridge-scour research completed since 1990 with recommendations for the adoption of specific research results. These recommendations will be used by AASHTO in developing policies and procedures in the bridge-scour area for the two new highway hydraulic engineering guidance documents. NCHRP Project 24-27 was funded to critically evaluate bridge-scour research results completed since 1990 and make recommendations for adoption of specific research results by AASHTO and use by the engineering community in general. Project 24-27 is divided into three functional areas: (1) Pier Scour Processes and Predictions; (2) Abutment and Contraction Scour Processes and Predictions; and (3) Geomorphic Processes and Predictions. Separate but coordinated research teams will address each of these functional areas under the umbrella of NCHRP Project 24-27. Projects 24-27(01) and 24-27(02) are underway. This project will address the functional area 'Geomorphic Processes and Predictions' and will be conducted as NCHRP Project 24-27(03).


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $150000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 24-27(03)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Harrigan, Edward

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Alabama, Huntsville

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Huntsville, AL  United States  35899
  • Start Date: 20080302
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15451

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464756
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 24-27(03)
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:48PM