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FOURTH NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON BRIDGE RESEARCH IN PROGRESS:
 
RESEARCH ABSTRACT
 
Title:
Optimization of Pultruded GFRP Composite Bridge Railing System
Author(s) and Affiliation(s):
S. Seangatith and Robert L. Yuan Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
Principal Investigator:
Robert L. Yuan
Sponsor(s):
The University of Texas at Arlington
Research Start Date:
November 1995
Expected Completion Date:
August 1996
Research Objectives:
The primary objective of this research is to develop an economic and effective approach for an optimum design of GFRP composite bridge railing systems, particularly targeted to its application to secondary road bridges. A reliable preliminary design should be performed prior to the computer simulation for evaluation of the bridge rails.
Expected Products or Deliverables:
The results from this research program will provide optimized cross sections for the bridge rail components which meet the strength and the functional requirements specified in the AASHTO Guide Specifications.

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