Strength and Serviceability of Damaged Steel Girders

The objective of this research is to develop fundamental understanding of damage in steel bridge girders due to vehicle strikes and to translate that knowledge into a framework for structural inspection, assessment, and decision-making. Recommendations for evaluation of damaged steel bridge girders will inform revised load ratings and other necessary safety and operational responses. These advances will enhance the confidence in decision-making for actions required after a bridge strike. When damaged girders that are still functional can remain in service with only minor repairs instead of being replaced, sustainability and life-cycle costs are improved and any negative impact on motorists is reduced.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $500000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Illinois Department of Transportation

      Bureau of Materials and Physical Research
      126 East Ash Street
      Springfield, IL  United States  62704-4766
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

      Illinois Center for Transportation
      1611 Titan Drive
      Rantoul, IL  United States  61866
    • Principal Investigators:

      Fahnestock, Larry

      Elbanna, Ahmed

      LaFave, James

    • Start Date: 20201001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20250630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01752475
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Illinois Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: R27-225
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Sep 21 2020 12:11PM