Repair of Steel Beam/Girder Ends with Ultra High-Strength Concrete – Phase II

The leakage of deck joints in simple span steel bridges subjects the bridge beam/girder ends to corrosive environments. Corrosion at the ends of beams/girders continues to pose a major challenge on the State’s transportation infrastructure. The conventional repair designs are costly, time-consuming, disruptive to traffic flow, and ineffective in preventing the progression of the corrosion; the development of simple alternative methods to address these shortcomings will lead to significant cost savings, reduction of labor intensive activities, and increase in the longevity of steel bridges. To respond to the need for an alternative repair strategy, three repair concepts (partial height encasement, full height encasement, and L-shaped encasement) making use of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) are being investigated in the course of this research project as less costly, more time-efficient alternative repair strategies that restore the capacity of corroded beam/girders, while reducing the rate of future deterioration. The proposed project is the second phase of an extended four-phase project. The overall goal of the Phase II project is to expand on the scope of the first phase to address several technical aspects to optimize the design and facilitate the implementation of the repair. The outcomes of this study will ideally speed the implementation of the repair on actual bridges and significantly reduce the costs. Phase II mainly focuses on:(1) Demonstrating that jacking is not required for this repair method. (2) Identifying the minimum time, if any, needed before the bridge can be opened to traffic. (3) Further optimizing the design and develop standard drawings and a practice guide. (4) Proving the durability of the repair system. (5) Assisting Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) in the design of repair for a field implementation.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Connecticut Department of Transportation

      2800 Berlin Turnpike
      Newington, CT  United States  06131
    • Project Managers:

      Connors, Michael

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Connecticut, Storrs

      Connecticut Transportation Institute
      270 Middle Turnpike, Unit 5202
      Storrs, CT  United States  06269-5202
    • Principal Investigators:

      Zaghi, Arash

    • Start Date: 20150608
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01591803
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Connecticut Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: SPR-2295
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Feb 29 2016 11:09AM