activities conducted in the Structures section focus
primarily on highway bridges and on fiber reinforced polymer
(FRP) composites for infrastructure applications.
The research deals with seismic evaluation of bridges,
bridges susceptible to vessel and truck impact, effectiveness
of intermediate diaphragms in P/C I-girder bridges,
full depth bridge slab overlay, FRP bridge decks,
FRP reinforced and pre-stressed concrete structures,
of existing structures with FRP components, and
testing of advanced FRP components.
The personnel in
the Structures section are professors, staff
members, and students. Since 1996, one professor,
nine visiting professors, six full time and part time
staff, seven Ph.D.
students, five MS students, twenty-one undergraduate students,
and four high school students have conducted research.
In addition, four civil engineering professors and
six Kentucky Transportation Center staff assisted
the Structures section during this period.
of the Structures section's research findings
leads to safer bridges and to highly cost
effective investments of public funds.
Ohio River on US-51
FRP Clear Creek Bridge
Big Sandy River
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