Recommendations for Improving Fire Performance of Steel Bridge Girders

Infrastructure risk due to fire has been well documented. In particular, bridges in the urban environment are susceptible due to low overhead clearances on overpasses, existing simple spans with no redundancy, narrow lane widths, and general alignment congestion. Although the risk is significant, the current American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Bridge Design Specification does not include provisions for any design due to fire conditions. Additionally, there is a dearth of code requirements for fire protection of bridges. As such, this research will consider alternatives for improved fire resistance in steel bridges including the use of both traditional and non-traditional fire protection methods.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $22,500
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Project Managers:

    Eickemeyer, Penny

  • Performing Organizations:

    Manhattan College

    Bronx,   United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Whitney,  Reeves

    Braxtan, Nicole Leo

  • Start Date: 20160901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171201
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01612656
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 49198-19-28
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 3 2016 4:00PM