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Evaluating Concrete Bridges Is Hard Because Many Lack Documentation

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August 28, 2007
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Engineers are researching methods to establish the safe load capacity of aging concrete bridges. The six year project aims to lead to the development of evaluation equipment that might help prevent tragedies such as the Minneapolis bridge collapse. The lack of documentation for the aging bridges presents a challenge for the engineers in collecting adequate information about the bridges' materials and reinforcement properties. Thirty percent of U.S. bridges lack critical documentation.

The research of A. Emin Aktan, John Roebling Professor of Infrastructure Studies at Drexel University, and Dr. Franklin L. Moon, assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, is part of a Federal Highway Administration-funded project that will continue for six years. Their findings could lead to the development of evaluation equipment that might help prevent tragedies such as the Minneapolis bridge collapse.


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