Sensor-Assisted Condition Evaluation of Steel and Pre-Stressed Concrete Girder Bridges Subjected to Fire - Phase I

The overarching goal of this multi-phase study is to develop and validate a post-fire condition evaluation method for steel-girder and prestressed concrete-girder bridges through both experimental and computational models at various scales. The expected end product is a post-fire condition evaluation procedure for girder bridges. The first phase aims to evaluate the condition of a reinforced concrete (RC) deck and its supporting steel girders during and immediately after a fire scenario as a result of fuel tank spilling and validate an existing fire dynamics simulator with measured strain data using distributed fiber optic sensors. A small-scale bridge superstructure of a RC deck and three steel girders will be fabricated and tested in a simulated fire to investigate its thermal degradation process. The specimen could be evaluated following a cascade thermo-mechanical analysis by first predicting the fire dynamics surrounding structural elements based on the fuel tank capacity, then transferring heat from the surface to inside the elements, and finally determining the behavior and condition of the heated elements under gravity loads. However, existing fire dynamics simulators have not been validated systematically since strains in a structural element on fire cannot be measured until recently when distributed fiber optic sensors have been developed and tested in a realistic fire condition.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $153136
  • Contract Numbers:

    69A3551747107

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Mid-America Transportation Center

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    2200 Vine Street, PO Box 830851
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68583-0851

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Mid-America Transportation Center

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    2200 Vine Street, PO Box 830851
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68583-0851
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla

    Department of Engineering
    202 University Center
    Rolla, MO    65409
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chen, Genda

  • Start Date: 20170801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181204
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Source Data: RiP Project 91994-17

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01659672
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747107
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2018 4:37PM