Smart Composite Bridge

Outline of Presentation


  1. Introduction and Motivation
  2. Bridge Specifications
    Technological Advantages
    Design Requirements
  3. Composite Tube Design
    Composite Tubes
    I-Beam Structural Element
    Decks and Railings
  4. Analysis and Testing
    Finite Element Model
    Component Laboratory Testing
    Full-scale I-Beam Laboratory Testing
  5. Smart Monitoring
    Fiber-Optic-Based Strain and Temperature Sensing
    Foot Traffic Tests
    Vehicle Load Tests
  6. Summary


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Activities Overview


Wesley E. Tull, Jr. and Matthew J. Sander, Missouri S&T Civil Engineering Undergraduates
(Selection made by committee of Missouri S&T faculty and staff)

  • Graduate Research Projects

Prakash Kumar, "Evaluation of an Innovative FRP Bridge Deck System," MS Thesis, Missouri S&T 2000. (advisors K. Chandrashekhara and Antonio Nanni)

Martha Jannette Molander, "Instrumentation of a Smart Composite Bridge," MS Thesis, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2001. (advisor Steve E. Watkins)

  • Technical Publications

Halvard E. Nystrom, Steve E. Watkins, Antonio Nanni, And Susan Murray, "Financial Viability of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Bridges," Submitted to J. of Management in Engineering
Abstract or Full Paper

Steve E. Watkins, John F. Unser, Antonio Nanni, K. Chandrashekhara, and Abdeldjelil Belarbi, "Instrumentation and Manufacture of a Smart Composite Bridge for Short-Span Applications," SPIE 8th Annual International Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways, Proc. SPIE 4330, 147-157, 2001. (Presented 4-8 March 2001, Newport Beach, California.)
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John F. Unser, Prakash. Kumar, K. Chandrashekhara, Antonio Nanni, and Steve E. Watkins, "Adaptable All-Composite Bridge Concept," Composites 2000, Composites Fabricators Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, 26-30 Sept. 2000.
Abstract or Full Paper (view as webpage, *.doc, or *.pdf)