SALT PINCHER : USE OF FRP BEAMS CUTS THE EFFECT OF SALTWATER ATMOSPHERE IN TEXAS

A Texas DOT (TxDOT) project in the Gulf Coast region of the state involves a new use of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) components in combination with a conventionally reinforced concrete deck to sustain traffic loading by means of composite action. The FRP beams are used to resist corrosion in the saltwater atmosphere. A manufacturer teamed with TxDOT researchers to develop this "first of its kind" beam, producing 26 segments for a San Patricio County bridge. The article discusses criteria for the successful job, including quality control to meet ASME specifications, qualifications of the facility that manufactured them and the workers who assembled the parts, and other details of the connection, bracing, laminate properties and load testing. TxDOT anticipates using the experience gained to expand its use of FRP beams.

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    Scranton Gillette Communications

    380 E Northwest Highway, Suite 200
    Des Planes, IL  United States  60016-2282
  • Authors:
    • Brandish, F
  • Publication Date: 2005-5

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01001783
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2005 12:00AM