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Development of an Ultra-High Performance Concrete Bridge Superstructure System

Project Information

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Project Status: 
Start Date: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
End Date: 
Thursday, December 31, 2009
FHWA Program: 
FHWA Subprogram: 
FHWA Activity: 
Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC)
FHWA Topics: 
Research/Technologies--FHWA Research and Technology; Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC); Roads and Bridges--Construction and Project Management; Roads and Bridges--Design; Roads and Bridges--Structures
TRT Terms: 
Concrete Structures; Infrastructure; Research; Bridges; Concrete; Construction; Prefabricated Bridges
FHWA Discipline: 
Construction and Project Management, Design, Structures
TRB Subject Area: 
Bridges and other structures, Design, Research

Contact Information

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Last Name: 
(202) 493-3122
Bridge Engineering Team
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
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Project Details

Project Description: 

This project developed and refined an optimized component that combined the bridge superstructure and deck into a single modular element. This prestressed Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) component meets all load requirements in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Load and Resistance Factor Design Bridge Design Specification. It facilitates accelerated construction by allowing for the construction of a bridge that is almost entirely prefabricated.


The key project objective is to develop a modular bridge girder component that engages the unique strength and durability properties of Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) to address pressing needs in the highway structure arena.


Deliverable Name: 
Structural Behavior of a 2nd Generation UHPC Pi-Girder
Deliverable Type: 
Deliverable Description: 
The product is a summary covering the results of the research study.
Deliverable Name: 
Structural Behavior of a 2nd Generation Ultra-High Performance Concrete Pi-Girder
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
The product is a full report documenting the results of the research project.