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Master of Science (MS)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Paul J. Barr
The Icy Springs Bridge in Coalville, Utah carries 2nd South Street over the Weber River west of Interstate 80. The bridge is owned by Coalville City and was originally constructed in 1965 as a single-span 51-foot long bridge using prestressed concrete double-tee girders. In the fall of 2013 the original bridge was replaced with a new 80-foot long single span bridge using prestressed concrete decked bulb-tee girders. The original girders were salvaged and transported to the Systems, Materials, and Structural Health Lab (SMASH Lab) where a series of tests were performed to determine the total losses in the prestressing of the strands, the flexural and shear capacities of the girders, and the punching shear capacity of the reinforced concrete deck. The results of these tests were compared to the values calculated using methods outlined in the 2012 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Load and Resistance Factor Design (AASHTO LRFD) Bridge Design Specifications, the current bridge design code used by most departments of transportation, and a finite element model using the computer program ANSYS. For the shear and punching shear test results, the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications was conservative and was able to predict the type of failure that occurred. However, the tested flexural results were below the calculated flexural capacities using the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. A finite element model was created and calibrated to the test results for the various loading and support conditions. The actual tested material properties were compared to the material properties used in the finite element analyses to determine the difference between the actual girders and the theoretical models. Funding for this project was provided by the Utah Transportation Center.
Pettigrew, Christopher S., "Flexural, Shear, and Punching Shear Capacity of Three 48-Year-Old Prestressed Lightweight Concrete Double-Tee Bridge Girders" (2014). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 3852.
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