Advanced Composite Materials: Prototype Development and Demonstration

Advanced composite materials (ACM), also known as fiber-reinforced composite materials, have increasingly been used in civil engineering applications. Their primary use in civil engineering applications to date has concentrated on rehabilitation of existing structures or in applications prone to corrosion damage. ACM's have properties that make them attractive for use in a variety of other applications that have not been fully exploited to date. For this reason, The New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) has conducted two research projects to date to identify those applications within the transportation infrastructure in New England where ACM's could replace traditional materials used in civil engineering. The primary objective of NETC 01-1 was to identity obstacles for the widespread use of ACM's in New England's transportation infrastructure as a first step to promote their broader use. The research project report for NETC 01-1 can be found at: NETC 01-1-T2: Phase I was subsequently conducted to identify and select an application for which ACM's offered a rational alternative to traditionally used materials with the goal of eliminating observed problems caused by the use of traditional materials. The objective was to select a prototype application that could be competitively fabricated and installed in the transportation infrastructure throughout New England. The prototype that was selected as an outcome of NETC 01-1-T2; Phase I was to develop a standard drain system that could be used throughout bridges in New England to eliminate the problems with corrosion and leakage that occurs when using traditional materials, and to extend the service life of bridge drains. Selection of this prototype was achieved through a series of meetings held at transportation agencies throughout New England and consensus among members of the technical committee for the project. The research project report for NETC 01-1-T2 can be found at: The objective of the current research project is to fabricate and install (implement) the prototype selected in Phase I described above in representative field applications within New England. The main objectives of the project are: (1) Design and fabricate a standard drain that can be produced economically for use throughout New England bridges. (2) Install the fabricated drain system in 2 to 3 representative bridge applications in New England to provide information on its performance, ease of construction, and cost.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $165000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    NETC 09-3

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    New England Transportation Consortium (NETC)

    University of Vermont
    Burlington, VT  United States  05405
  • Project Managers:

    Hanaway-Corrente, Amanda

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Maine, Orono

    103 Boardman Hall Orono, ME 4469
    , ME  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lopez-Anido, R

  • Start Date: 20130901
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 35797

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  • Accession Number: 01503462
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England Transportation Consortium (NETC)
  • Contract Numbers: NETC 09-3
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 8 2014 1:01AM