Reduction of Bridge Deck Cracking through Alternative Material Usage

During previous and ongoing research into cracking behavior, epoxy coated bars (ECB) have been identified as contributing to the problem of wider cracks although it may not be the cause. However, the problems caused by ECB can be solved by adding either polypropylene fiber or basalt fiber Minibar to concrete, or by using alternative coatings/coated bars. The goal of this research is to reduce the extent and severity of cracking in bridge decks through alternative material usage. The project will provide a basis for the Department to deal with potential system degradation in structural slab bridges, and minimization of cracking in new structural slab bridges, thereby reducing the life cycle cost and increasing the longevity of such bridges. This is a 24 month project conducted by Dr. Anil Patnaik of the University of Akron in collaboration with Euclid Chemical Company and BASF Corporation.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $210000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

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

      Khalifa, Waseem

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Akron

      Akron, OH  United States 
    • Principal Investigators:

      Patnaik, Anil

    • Start Date: 20150901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180101
    • Actual Completion Date: 20180101

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01573238
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 27266, 135260
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Aug 18 2015 8:05AM