FRP Composite Decks for Movable Bridges

A significant inventory of moveable bridges that utilize open-grid steel decks is present in the U.S. southern states. The conventional steel decks exhibit poor skid resistance, high maintenance costs, susceptibility to vibrations, high noise levels, and poor riding quality. Due to their high strength to weight ratio and ease of installation, many state departments of transportations considered fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite decks in place of conventional steel decks to address many of the described issues with the latter. However, even though the cost of FRP decks has considerably decreased over the years, their initial costs remain higher than the steel decks, which limits the widespread implementation of FRP composite decks by the transportation officials. FRP decks can be made of different materials and come in a variety of cross-sectional geometries which can significantly alter the initial costs. The proposed research will conduct a comprehensive survey of the worldwide literature, national and international manufacturers of FRP decks, and FRP deck owners to determine the most cost-effective and durable solutions for FRP decks to be used in state-owned movable bridges in Louisiana. The project's findings will be summarized in a final report. The results from this work are deemed to have a significant impact on sustainable bridge construction.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $88566
    • Contract Numbers:

      18STLSU11

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Transportation Consortium of South-Central States

      Louisiana State University
      Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
    • Project Managers:

      Hassan, Marwa

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Louisiana at Lafayette

      104 University Circle
      Lafayette, LA  United States  70503
    • Principal Investigators:

      Tatar, Jovan

      Zhang, Qian

    • Start Date: 20180315
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190915
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01664057
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Transportation Consortium of South-Central States
    • Contract Numbers: 18STLSU11
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Mar 16 2018 5:52PM