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Title:A Novel Methodology for Quantifying the Performance of Constructed Bridges in Cold Regions
Authors:Yail Jimmy Kim
University:University of Colorado Denver
Publication Date:Apr 2014
Report #:MPC-14-266
Project #:MPC-372
TRID #:01526288
Keywords:bridge decks, bridge design, carbon fibers, fiber reinforced polymers, finite element method, frigid regions, inspection, methodology, statistical analysis, traffic loads
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications


This report presents a two-part research program examining the performance of constructed bridges in a cold region, represented by those in the State of North Dakota, and the behavior of concrete members strengthened with carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite sheets in such a service condition. For the first phase, a total of 1,328 decks are sampled from a 15-year inspection period. These data are statistically characterized and probabilistically analyzed. The second part of the research concerns predictive investigations into the axial behavior of concrete exposed to aggressive service environments. Two types of concrete cylinders are studied: unconfined and confined with CFRP sheets. The aggressive environment and service traffic load are represented by freeze-wet-dry cycles with various levels of instantaneous compression load varying from 0% to 60% of the capacities of the unconfined and confined control concrete. Research approaches include three-dimensional deterministic finite element and probabilistic models, associated with a previously conducted experimental program.

How to Cite

Kim, Yail Jimmy. A Novel Methodology for Quantifying the Performance of Constructed Bridges in Cold Regions, MPC-14-266. North Dakota State University - Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Fargo: Mountain-Plains Consortium, 2014.

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