Assessment of Bridge Decks with Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) Reinforcement

MnDOT is constructing a pair of side-by-side bridges on TH 169, one with glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) deck reinforcement and the other with conventional epoxy coated steel reinforcement. Because these two bridges will be exposed to the same environmental conditions, will experience very similar traffic, and will be constructed within the same timeframe, a unique opportunity exists to identify and evaluate differences in performance between them. The main goals of the proposed project are to (1) collect the behavior information and response characteristics of the two bridge decks under service loads, (2) examine the short- and long-term durability characteristics of the two bridge decks, and (3) assess the impact of using non-conventional, corrosion-resistant deck reinforcement on maintenance needs and life-cycle cost with a specific interest in including service life-design philosophies.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program MP-18(004)


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100,104.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    1003320 WO#4

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155
  • Performing Organizations:

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Bridge Engineering Center
    2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, Iowa  United States  50010-8664
  • Principal Investigators:

    Shafei, Behrouz

  • Start Date: 20180504
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01667963
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 1003320 WO#4
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 1 2018 3:57PM