Date of Award:

Spring 2017

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Paul Barr

Co-Advisor/Chair:

Marvin Halling

Third Advisor:

James Bay

Abstract

The Utah Transportation Center (UTC), in partnership with the Mountain Plains Consortium (MPC), sponsored a study to investigate the differences in prestress losses and temperature gradients in a concrete deck bulb tee girder bridge. The Millville Bridge was built as an access point to the Ridgeline High School in Millville, Utah. The bridge was built in 2016 and presently supports two lanes of traffic.

Changes in prestress were measured with a total of 16 vibrating wire strain gauges located at four cross-sections. Temperature gradients were measured with a total of 50 thermocouples located at five cross-section locations, four of which were shared locations with the vibrating wire strain gauges. These instruments were placed at the mid-span and end of an exterior and center girder to effectively measure the bridge response in one quarter of the bridge superstructure. These instruments were placed in the precast plant and tied to the reinforcing steel before the concrete was poured.

The prestress loss recordings were initiated before the prestressing strands were released. The thermocouple data for Girder 1 began to be recorded before the initial casting of the girder concrete. The thermocouple data for Girder 5 was not recorded during casting and curing of the girder concrete, but was started before the curing blanket was removed in the casting yard. All data was recorded until February 29, 2016. Prestress losses at the girder mid-span and temperature gradients were compared with code recommended values according to the AASHTO bridge design specifications.

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