Rethinking Bridge Deck Longevity and Maintenance with Portland Cement Polymer Concrete

Available Documents
Quarterly Report September 2007
Quarterly Report December 2007
Quarterly Report March 2008
Quarterly Report June 2008
Final Report

Primary Investigator
Steven Cramer , Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1415 Engineering Drive, 2620 EH
Madison, WI 53706

Project Objective
This project will develop a strategy that combines innovative concrete materials, novel design and cost analysis that enhances the longevity and reduces the life cycle cost of highway bridge decks. The project is expected to show significant life-cycle cost advantages to using a high performance bridge deck material.

Project Abstract
Bridge deck deterioration in the northern Midwest creates significant costs to the DOT’s. The fundamental cause of the problem is low tensile strength and water permeable reinforced concrete resulting in deck cracking and ultimately reinforcing bar corrosion. Portland Cement Polymer Concrete (PCPC) combined with a design approach tailored to its advantages could virtually eliminate early deck deterioration and the associated costs providing an alternative asset management path for bridge decks. Bridge decks would no longer have to be removed from their substructure every fifteen years and replaced. The results would be higher quality, longer lasting bridge decks with lower life cycle costs. This project will demonstrate the feasibility and methodology of such a strategy.

Task Descriptions

  1. Create PCPC test specimens and measure key properties
  2. Develop preliminary bridge deck cross-section configurations
  3. Conduct preliminary investigation that contrasts the economics of this new technology with a conventional bridge deck design.

Project Information

  • Milestones, Dates: 14 months; project end 7/1/08
  • Budget: $53,570
  • Student Involvement: Graduate research assistant and undergraduate hourly
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: 08-11