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FOURTH NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON BRIDGE RESEARCH IN PROGRESS:
 
RESEARCH ABSTRACT
 
Title:
Expansion Joint Elimination for Steel Bridges
Author(s) and Affiliation(s):
George Tsiatas, Everett McEwen and William Boardman Department of Civil Engineering University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Principal Investigator:
George Tsiatas
Sponsor(s):
Rhode Island Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration
Research Start Date:
August 1, 1995
Expected Completion Date:
December 31, 1996
Research Objectives:
To investigate methods for expansion joint elimination of existing bridges; develop finite element based analytical models for the most promising joint elimination schemes and investigate the range of applicability; study four typical Rhode Island highway bridges and evaluate alternative methods for joint elimination of these bridges; and to develop a field monitoring program of rehabilitated Rhode Island bridges.
Expected Products or Deliverables:
A report detailing all aspects of the analytical study which will contain recommendations for expansion joint elimination during rehabilitation and a proposal for a field monitoring program.

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