Characterization of the Long-term Behavior of Textured Epoxy Coated Rebars in Bridge Decks

Steel reinforcing bars are placed in concrete to strengthen bridges. Placing a textured epoxy coating (TEC) on rebars not only prevents corrosive materials from damaging them, but also improves the composite behavior between steel and concrete. The aim of this project is to evaluate the bond between steel, coating and concrete in textured epoxy-coated rebars and verify that the corrosion protection is equal to coated rebars without texture. The objectives of this research are as follows: (1) verify the consistency in the roughness and bond strength of the new generation of TEC bars, (2) study the impact of TEC bars on controlling crack growth under thermal cycles and high-cycle fatigue loads (service-level live loads) and how it compares to epoxy-coated bars, (3) explore the effect of TEC bars in mitigating the progression of cracks in bridge decks subjected to realistic surface wet conditions, (4) determine the factors impacting the rebar development length and ultimate strength of bridge decks reinforced with TEC bars, (5) establish the corrosion resisting ability of TEC bars subjected to an environment that represents a concrete bridge deck in Illinois. If testing is successful, the use of textured epoxy-coated rebars will lead to longer-lasting bridge decks.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $1093340
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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:

      Andrawes, Bassem

      Popovics, John

    • Start Date: 20230816
    • Expected Completion Date: 20261215
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01890021
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Illinois Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: R27-260
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Aug 14 2023 11:32AM