Evaluation of Structural Cracking in Concrete

Current procedures used for classifying the damage associated with visually observed cracking in reinforced and prestressed concrete structures generally consist of various rating criteria that are comprised of pre-established crack width limits. While such procedures can be useful for cataloguing damage progression, the procedures typically provide very little information pertaining to the structural capacity implications of concrete cracking observed in the field. The development of reinforced concrete strength assessment procedures that employ visual crack measurement data as the primary basis for capacity assessment shall better assist engineers in prioritizing rehabilitation and maintenance efforts and shall serve as valuable tools that can be used in identifying strength-related deficiencies. Center for Transportation Research (CTR) will use analytical studies to develop practical crack-based shear strength assessment procedures that are rooted in mechanical models and novel damage evaluation techniques. By way of their crack-based formulations, these procedures shall inherently incorporate influences associated with member scale, reinforcement details, and loading conditions. The procedures shall be evaluated and refined using test data pertaining to well-documented Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) relevant concrete infrastructure elements and subsequently shall be employed to develop crack inspection field aids that can be used by TxDOT personnel, on-site.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Glancy, Chris

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Transportation Research

    University of Texas at Austin
    1616 Guadalupe, Suite 4.202
    Austin, Texas  United States  78701
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hrynyk, Trevor

  • Start Date: 20151218
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01618978
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6919
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 20 2016 4:59PM