Performance of ABC Columns and Cost-Effective Retrofit Strategies Subjected to Synergistic Distress Resulting From Corrosion and Seismic Loading

This comprehensive research program concerns the durability of field assembled columns with accelerated bridge construction (ABC), when subjected to synergistic distress resulting from corrosion and seismic loadings. Although ABC is an emerging trend in the United States due to a number of advantages (e.g., minimal disruption to traffic and quality control), there is a lack of knowledge on the performance of corroded ABC columns and connection elements in earthquake-prone zones. Accordingly, no design provisions are available in published specifications. To address such a practical need, technical investigations are conducted through large-scale laboratory testing in conjunction with advanced analytical modeling. Of interest are the mechanisms of corrosion initiation and progression in ABC columns, hysteretic responses, ductility, structural vulnerability, failure probability, and the formation of plastic hinges. Upon elucidating the behavior of the columns, cost-effective retrofit strategies are established using non-corrosive carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites to extend the longevity of the deteriorated ABC systems. All findings will be integrated to develop implementation guidelines. Significant synergies are expected by the collaboration of the University of Utah and the University of Colorado Denver in terms of a scientific understanding of the subject area, educational activities, and technology transfer. Three engineers from the state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) participate in the research program to help generate practical outcomes, including two industry partners, which immediately benefit the infrastructure community. Conforming to the TriDurLe thrust areas, the project brings to light the state of the art of ABC technologies and provides opportunities to students from underrepresented groups.

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $140000
  • Contract Numbers:

    ORSO 135461

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life Extension

    Washington State University
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Pullman, Washington  United States  99164

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life Extension

    Washington State University
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Pullman, Washington  United States  99164
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Colorado Denver

    Department of Civil Engineering
    1200 Larimer Street, Room 3037
    Denver, CO  United States  80217

    University of Utah, Salt Lake City

    College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84112-0561
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kim, Yail

    Pantelides, Chris

  • Start Date: 20200501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01754275
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability and Life-Extension
  • Contract Numbers: ORSO 135461
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2020 11:42AM