Evaluation of Repair Techniques for Impact Damaged Prestressed Beams

Bridges in the Commonwealth of Virginia and other states are often damaged by impact with over-height vehicles. The impact damage may be relatively superficial or quite extensive. For precast, prestress concrete beams, superficial damage may be repaired with cosmetic methods such as shot-crete or patching with repair grouts. More extensive damage may require splicing of severed prestressing strands, or strengthening with steel plates or fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) layups. External prestressing and near-surface-mounted FRP repairs are also possible. Virginia does not have in place a policy for evaluation of impact-damaged girders. A guideline to assist in the evaluation of the severity of the damage, and to recommend repair techniques appropriate for various damage levels is needed to consistently, efficiently, and economically address impact damage.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $200000.00
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research

    530 Edgemont Road
    Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Rd
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    Szary, Pat

    Brown, Mike

  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

    Blacksburg, VA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Roberts-Wollmann, Carin

  • Start Date: 20130701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 36067

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01514357
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC16, CAIT-UTC-035
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 15 2014 1:00AM