Dynamic Effects and Friction Values of Bridge Moves for ABC Bridges

One Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technique that is being utilized in many locations throughout the US is the construction of bridge superstructures off site and then moving the bridge into position. This method relies on Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs). The bridge superstructure undergoes both vertical and horizontal accelerations due to lifting and moving. The proposed work is to perform field tests of several SPMT configurations in order to ascertain appropriate coefficients for use of designers for bridges that will be carried by SPMTs. This fieldwork will be supplemented by modeling to broaden the applicability of the results. Another essential question that must be addressed regarding ABC construction is determining the appropriate friction values for bridge sliding and bridge launching. These friction values are crucial in the design process and the variability of the friction must be better defined. The proposed work in this area is an extensive literature search with any deficiencies being filled by laboratory testing conducted in the SMASH lab at Utah State University.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $134472.00
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    CME Associates, Incorporated


    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Culmo, Michael

    Szary, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    Utah State University, Logan

    Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    Logan, UT  United States  84332
  • Principal Investigators:

    Barr, Paul

    Halling, Marvin

  • Start Date: 20141201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38934

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01550218
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC28, CAIT-UTC-NC13
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 21 2015 1:00AM