Critical Evaluation of Strain Measurements in Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Bridge Decks

An experimental study of principal strains and deflections of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) composite bridge deck systems is presented. The experimental results are shown to correlate well with those of an analytical model. While transverse strains and vertical deflections are observed to be consistent, repeatable, and predictable, longitudinal strains exhibit exceptional sensitivity to both strain sensor and applied load location. Large, reversing strain gradients are observed in the longitudinal direction of the bridge deck. GFRP deck system geometry, connectivity, material properties, and manufacturing imperfections coupled with the observed strains suggest that the performance of these structures should be assessed under fatigue loading conditions. Recommendations for accurately assessing longitudinal strain in GFRP bridge decks are made, and a review of existing data is suggested.

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    • Coogler, Keith
    • Harries, Kent A
    • Wan, Baolin
    • Rizos, Dimitris
    • Petrou, Michael F
  • Publication Date: 2005-11


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01010480
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 6 2005 4:33PM