Rapid Retrofit and Strengthening of Bridge Components

Project Details
STATE

KY

SOURCE

RIP

START DATE

06/30/13

END DATE

06/30/14

RESEARCHERS

Graves, R; University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky Transportation Center

SPONSORS

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

KEYWORDS

Carbon fibers; Highway bridges; Retrofitting; Strengthening (Maintenance)

Project description

The objective of this study is to (1) repair four bridges with high-performance carbon fiber materials developed at University of Kentucky; and (2) develop a guide and specifications for the use of this material. The advantage of the carbon fiber material is ease of application by a single worker and reduction in repair time, resulting in lower repair costs.
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