Assessment of Bridges Subjected to Vehicular Collision

Vehicles often collide with bridges. However, there are no available guidelines for bridge inspectors to assess damage and to make repair decisions. This project addresses this gap by investigating the behavior of steel girder bridges subjected to vehicular collision through (1) performing non-destructive field testing, (2) developing validated numerical models, and (3) performing parametric investigations to extend research findings. Field testing was performed using Digital Image Correlation (DIC)—a portable, non-destructive, photographic measurement technique that can measure three-dimensional strains based on pattern recognition. Ultimately, the project culminated in assessment guidelines for bridge inspectors to evaluate damaged bridges for repair. This project can benefit Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) business processes by potentially reducing the number or amount of repairs, leading to direct cost savings and longer lifespans for bridges.

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    Joint Transportation Research Program

    Hall for Discovery and Learning Research (DLR), Suite 204
    207 S. Martin Jischke Drive
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907

    Purdue University

    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907-2051

    Indiana Department of Transportation

    100 N Senate Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN  United States  46204

    U.S. Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Wang, Yao
    • Thrall, Ashley P
  • Publication Date: 2019-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 39p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01709419
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/IN/JTRP-2019/01
  • Contract Numbers: SPR-4119
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2019 12:30PM