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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Coleman, Jason Thomas
Author's Email Address jtcoleman@comcast.net
URN etd-04152002-222326
Title Continuation of Field and Laboratory Tests of a Proposed Bridge Deck Panel Fabricated from Pultruded Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Components
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cousins, Thomas E. Committee Co-Chair
Lesko, John J. Committee Co-Chair
Gomez, Jose P. Committee Member
Roberts-Wollmann, Carin L. Committee Member
Keywords
  • bridge decks
  • pultrusion
  • fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP)
  • fiberglass
Date of Defense 2002-02-20
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This thesis presents research completed on the experimental performance of two 6 3/4 in thick bridge deck panels fabricated by the Stongwell Corporation of Bristol, Virginia. The panels are made of off-the-shelf, pultruded glass fiber-reinforced polymer elements, bonded and mechanically fastened together. The testing involved laboratory stiffness tests performed on one deck panel which afterwards, was placed in a field test site at the I-81 Troutville Weigh Station facility. The daily truck traffic over the deck panel at this site is approximately 5400 vehicles. The second deck panel was constructed as a prototype to test benefits of steel thru-rod mechanical connectors. Further, a rubber tire loading patch was developed for the laboratory stiffness and strength tests performed on this second specimen to investigate modes of failure. Both decks made use of a hook bolt type connection to steel support beams in order to reduce damage seen in previous methods of connection.
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