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Composites in Bridge Construction Study Released

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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Earlier this month, the National Academies of Sciences and the Transportation Research Board released the study for the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program, a program that funded nearly 400 projects and 150 bridges with a focus on using materials such as fiber-reinforced polymer composites.

“With such valuable research findings available, [the American Composites Manufacturers Association] believed that the lack of follow-up and research about the program and these bridges would be a critical mistake,” said ACMA President Tom Dobbins. “ACMA pushed for the inclusion of the study in the FAST Act of 2015, working with Senator Whitehouse of [Rhode Island], the sponsor of the provision ordering the study.”

Composites in Bridge Construction Study

According to ACMA, study results indicate that the technologies used in the IBRC program reduced construction time, traffic congestion and improved safety, along with lowering the risk of injury and fatalities. There was also evidence that usng FRP composites, along and corrosion control, reduce bridge life-cycle costs.

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Earlier this month, the National Academies of Sciences and the Transportation Research Board released the study for the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program, a program that funded nearly 400 projects and 150 bridges with a focus on using materials such as fiber-reinforced polymer composites.

The IBRC study highlighted that a new federal incentive grant program for bridge technology could contribute to furthering the adoption of established technologies as well as driving research on less developed options through “supporting state highway agency bridge projects.”

The study also recommended that a similar federal program also be implemented, as well as recommending new research by the U.S. Department of Transportation and state DOTs to expand data collection; assist with long-term monitoring and planning; and the development of new technologies.

“The study results have the potential to increase the adoption of composites and advanced materials in key markets like infrastructure, construction and transportation, which is exciting news for our members and the entire composites industry.  More importantly it will benefit the American taxpayer by providing quality infrastructure that lasts much longer,” said Dobbins.

The IBRC was funded by the Federal Highway Administration from 1999 to 2005, and provided $128.7 million in federal funding to state transportation departments to promote the use of these materials in the construction and maintenance of highway bridges.

ACMA, an industry trade group, focuses on increasing the use of composites in infrastructure and transportation.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Building materials; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Research and development

Comment from peter gibson, (1/31/2019, 7:00 PM)

yes....more composites please.


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