Load Rating for NC Legal Vehicles

The proposed research will develop a methodology to optimize the list of Legal NC Vehicles that that have been defined by the NC General Statutes (GS §20-118). Currently, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) lists of rating vehicles consists of 13 vehicles that can travel legally on interstate highways and 16 vehicles that can travel legally in non-interstate highways. The process of determining the controlling load rating (or vehicle) is cumbersome, especially on multi-span bridges. The Structures Management Unit is in need of a methodology that optimizes the current GS §20-118 vehicles and allows for determining future representative legal vehicles if the NC General Statutes are amended. To address the aforementioned needs, this research will be conducted to: (1) Develop a methodology to optimize representative NC legal vehicles; (2) Evaluate and optimize current representative NC legal vehicles based on single and multi-span bridges; and (3) Develop an automated computer model for developing NC legal vehicles that can be incorporated into the current analysis and load rating software used by the Structures Management Unit.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $84000
    • Contract Numbers:

      FHWA/NC/2017-07

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      North Carolina Department of Transportation

      Research and Development
      1549 Mail Service Center
      Raleigh, NC  United States  27699-1549
    • Managing Organizations:

      North Carolina Department of Transportation

      Research and Development
      1549 Mail Service Center
      Raleigh, NC  United States  27699-1549
    • Project Managers:

      Kirby, John

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of North Carolina, Charlotte

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      9201 University City Boulevard
      Charlotte, NC  United States  28223-0001
    • Principal Investigators:

      Nicholas, Thomas

    • Start Date: 20160801
    • Expected Completion Date: 20170731
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01611243
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: North Carolina Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: FHWA/NC/2017-07
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Sep 22 2016 1:24PM