The Effect of Crack Motion during Epoxy Crack Injection and Curing

One strategy to regain structural integrity of cracked reinforced concrete bridge deck girders is to inject the cracks with epoxy. Many bridge owners allow all traffic to use the bridge during injection and curing, while other bridge owners restrict traffic to produce a hold time in which cracks do not open and close. This research study used a laboratory setup to determine the effect of temperature and hold time on epoxy undergoing curing. The comparative measure was the tensile strength of the epoxy after curing. The results showed that traffic should be restricted to stop the crack motion during injection and until the epoxy sets. After the epoxy has set, crack motion while the epoxy undergoes full cure degrades the tensile strength of the epoxy, but not to levels that would affect the structural integrity of the beam.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 54p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01001460
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-OR-RD-05-11
  • Contract Numbers: SPR 611
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2005 10:42AM